Rahul again takes UP police off guard, lands unannounced

For the second time in recent weeks, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today took the official machinery off guard when he landed here unannounced to attend a party workshop.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 00:48 AM IST

Lucknow: For the second time in recent
weeks, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today took the
official machinery off guard when he landed here unannounced
to attend a party workshop.

"No information either oral or written was given to the
DGP or security headquarters about the visit of the Congress
leader," ADGP Brij Lal told reporters here.

He said the police came to know about Rahul`s arrival
only after he landed at Amausi airport.

Rahul had undertaken an unpublicised train journey in the
ordinary sleeper class from Gorakhpur to Mumbai on October 20
to familiarise himself with the problems of the people who
migrated to the metropolis in search of livelihood.

That time too, Lal had said the state police was not
informed about the programme of the Congress leader in
advance.

"The SPG extending security did not apprise the state
police about the programme and we only know that he took the
train from Gorakhpur railway station and travelled in the
sleeper class," he had said.

Home Secretary Kumar Anand today said Rahul was an SPG
protectee and there was a protocol which needs to be followed
during such visits.

"The SPG should have informed the state machinery in
advance about the visit. We will look into the report of the
security headquarters and if any violation is found then the
government will act accordingly," he said when asked whether
the state would lodge a formal objection.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had last time registered a
protest to the SPG for not informing them about Rahul`s train
journey, complaining that the Congress`s youth icon has
violated the protocol.

-PTI

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