New Delhi, April 11: The Congress on Thursday alleged a major lapse in party president Rahul Gandhi’s security in Amethi after he filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections.
In this regard, the grand old party wrote a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) undersigned by Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala.
“A perusal of his media interaction will reflect that a laser (green) was pointed at his head, intermittently on at least seven separate occasions in a short period; including twice at his temple on the right side of the head,” the Congress letter read.
“A perusal of the video by various persons including former security personnel leads to a prima facie conclusion that this laser could emanate from a potential weapon such as a sniper gun,” it said, adding even a possibility like this is a cause of serious alarm and concern pointing towards a breach in the security”.
The letter reminded the Home Ministry of Gandhi being a high-risk target, given India’s political history which witnessed assassination of two former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
“In light of the fact that two members of the family, in succession, have been assassinated by terror forces owing to security breaches, it becomes a cause of grave and pressing concern,” the Congress said expressing its shock at the vulnerability.
Meanhwile, the Home Ministry denied receiving any letter on the alleged breach in security of the Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Acting on reports,the MHA directed the SPG Director to verify the factual position and concluded that there was no security breach as the laser beam from a mobile phone used by a photographer.
“The ‘green light’ shown in the clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by the AICC photographer, who was videographing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate at Amethi”, the Home Ministry said.
“Director (SPG) has also informed MHA that this position was conveyed to the personal staff of Rahul Gandhi. Director (SPG) has confirmed that there was no security implication whatsoever”.