New Delhi: A delegation of top Congress leaders on Monday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to beef up the security of Rahul Gandhi in the wake of an alleged threat to his life.
The team, including Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, treasurer Motilal Vohra, Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, and Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Shukla, met Singh and apprised him about the alleged threat to the Congress vice-president's life.
"The Home Minister has assured us of prompt action and security enhancement. He has also assured us that the agencies of the Centre and the states and the Special Protection Guards (SPG) will be alerted about the threat that has been received," Sharma told reporters after the 20-minute meeting with Singh.
A Home Ministry official said that Singh, after the meeting, asked Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to take up the issue seriously and ensure protection to Rahul.
Sharma said that the Congress delegation also raised issue of proposed "en mass shifting" of around 400 officers of SPG and bringing in new people to replace them.
"SPG requires rigorous training. Its personnel are brought from CISF, CRPF, BSF and central agencies. So its a matter of concern as to why such a proposal has come up to change such a large number of the personnel," he said.
The SPG guards the Prime Minister, the former Prime Ministers and their immediately family. Sonia Gandhi and her two children — Rahul and Priyanka — are SPG protectees.
The threat has reportedly been given in an unsigned letter written in Tamil and posted in Pondicherry on 4 May. Rahul is scheduled to visit Karaikal in Puducherry tomorrow, for a public meeting.
The letter was reportedly sent to V Narayanswamy, who was Minister for PMO in the UPA government. The letter has allegedly claimed Congress has been responsible for "closure of industries in Pondicherry" and has threatened that Gandhi will be "blasted" when he addresses the Karaikal meeting.
Published Date: May 09, 2016 17:00 PM | Updated Date: May 09, 2016 17:27 PM