Congress claims threat to Rahul Gandhi's life

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 15:48 hrs

New Delhi/Amethi: Congress has shot off a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh claiming a breach in party president Rahul Gandhi's security in Amethi after he filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.

The senior leaders of the Congress, said in the letter that a green laser, possibly from a sniper gun, was aimed at Gandhi seven times intermittently.

The Congress has written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and complained about the breach. “…a laser (green) was pointed at his head, intermittently on at least 7 separate occasions in a short period; including twice at his temple on the right side of the head,” the party said in a letter Singh.

The letter claimed that it was an alarming lapse on part of the UP administration. The letter has also cited the assassinations of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi to highlight its concern. The report said that the letter, which has been signed by senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala, also talked about political differences.

They told the minister that Rahul's security was the first responsibility of the central government and the Home Ministry. “We reiterate and again request you to initiate immediate action in the matter to investigate and neutralize the threat."

Gandhi was in Amethi along with his family to filed nominations for the Lok Sabha Elections. Flanked by mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Gandhi filed the nomination after a mega road show in the Congress bastion. Noticeably, Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra was also present at the district collectorate.