Taking note of reports of failure of the administration to provide adequate security to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi during his recent visit to Kanpur, the Union home ministry has sought details from the Uttar Pradesh Police.
Home Minister Shivraj Patil is believed to have told a television news channel that his ministry was looking into the matter.
The state government, however, has reiterated that Rahul’s security was as per the norms. The charges of lapse were baseless and false, it said on Sunday.
Rahul, in addition to being a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee, is also a VIP with high levels of threat perception, said a senior home ministry official. Ministry spokesman Onkar Kedia also confirmed that details had been sought from the UP authorities.
Rahul was denied pilot and escort vehicles and also a mobile phone jammer after he thwarted authorities’ attempt to keep him away from an interaction with the students of Chandra Sekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology.
The government had not received any letter from the Centre in this regard, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said on Sunday.
The Union home secretary and director, Intelligence Bureau discussed the issue with DGP Vikram Singh. The DGP order an inquiry and the state government had received the report, which had been sent to the Centre. It made clear that the security was as per norms and allegations of any lapse were wrong, he said.
Chief Minister Mayawati had issued orders that security arrangements for UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, who have an SPG cover, should be according to the norms, he said. However, the SPG-protected persons should also cooperate with the state agencies, he said. There were several instances when Rahul broke the security cordon, Singh said, adding the Congress leader visited several places, deviating from the programme. Security arrangement wouldn’t have been possible in absence of prior information, he said.