Special Protection Group (SPG), which was formed after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, provides security to only four VVIPs in the country namely – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her two children – Rahul and Priyanka.
The SPG, which is known to be a ‘zero error’ security force, now just guards four VVIPs and their immediate family members unlike earlier. The commandos follow a unique set of security protocol. So much so that every time the VVIPs are expected to travel, multiple commandos visit the venue in advance to ‘sanitise’ the place about 24 hours before their arrival.
Known to move like a shadow, the commandos also include snipers, spotters and bomb disposal experts who carry ultra-modern assault rifles, dark-visor goggles, communication earpieces, bulletproof vests, gloves and elbow and kneepads.
Most of the cars used by the VVIPs are armoured or bulletproof, which include armoured BMW 7 series sedans, armoured Range Rovers, SUVs of BMW, Toyota and Tata make.