Sonia takes security by surprise by changing route

Security personnel were taken by surprise Monday when the cavalcade of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on way to her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli, deviated from its route and entered the capital city.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 16:29 PM IST

Lucknow: Security personnel were taken by
surprise Monday when the cavalcade of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on way to her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli, deviated from its route and entered the capital city.

Gandhi landed at Amausi Airport this morning and was
heading to Raebareli for a three-day visit, when she made an
unannounced trip to the Indira Gandhi Eye hospital in
Kaiserbagh area here.

The escort vehicles of the state police deployed for
providing security to the SPG protectee were not aware of the
change in Gandhi`s route.

"We were not informed about Gandhi`s entry in the city,"
SSP Dhruv Kant Thakur told reporters.

ADG Security K L Meena said he would take up the matter
at an appropriate forum after receiving a report in this
regard from the district police.

During her visit to the hospital, Gandhi met patients and
inquired about the facilities they were getting.
On being told by a patient that they were asked to pay Rs
100 instead of Rs 6 for treatment in the hospital, Gandhi
asked the hospital authorities to look into the complaint.
After visiting the hospital, Gandhi headed to her
constituency, where she will interact with the people and
assess the development schemes being launched by the Centre.

PTI