MHA says laser pointed at Rahul Gandhi came from cameraman's mobile phone

In a letter to Ministry of Home Affairs, the Congress party reported a serious breach in the security of its president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Amethi. The letter by senior Congress leaders claimed that a laser, possibly from a sniper gun, was pointed at Gandhi several times during his media interaction after he filed his nomination for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has dismissed any breach in Rahul Gandhi's security. 

"Director SPG informed MHA that the “green light” shown in clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by AICC photographer, who was video graphing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate in Amethi."

In the letter to MHA , Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala said that a laser was pointed at the Rahul Gandhi's head on at least seven different occasions in a short period. A video clipping of Gandhi's media interaction was also provided to the MHA with the letter.

"A perusal of the video by various persons including former security personnel leads to a prima face conclusion that this laser could emanate from a potential weapon such as a sniper gun," the letter read.

The Congress leaders referred to the assassinations of Rahul Gandhi's grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi, former prime ministers of India, calling a possible breach in the security of its party president a cause of grave and pressing concern.

"We urge you to immediately take note of this grave and unacceptable security threat as also the security lapse in the security of the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi. This is also an alarming lapse on part of the UP administration which is responsible for the peripheral security of Rahul Gandhi," the letter said.

The Congress called for immediate action in the matter to investigate and neutralise threats to its chief, if any. "We also call upon you to ensure that full security protocol - including appropriate sanitisation of the area - is undertaken by the SPG as also the local administration," the Congress leaders said in the letter.

 

(with news agency input)