The Ministry of Home Affairs has raised strong objection to laxity in the security of Rahul Gandhi during his visits to Uttar Pradesh in February and August, this year.
"Following the MHA note the state government has beefed up the security of the Rahul for his visit to Amethi on Friday", the ADG (Law and Order) AK Jain said.
The under secretary in the MHA, Jai Pal in a letter to the Chief Secretary, Atul Kumar Gupta has drawn his attention to the shortcomings and lapses on the security of Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Rae Bareli/Sultanpur on February 27 and to Amethi on August 17, 2009.
Pal has stated that during the visit of Rahul Gandhi to Rae Bareli/Sultanpur no effective crowd control mechanism was put in the place on entire stretch of Lucknow-Sultanpur highway up to two kilometers resulting in spilling over of he people on the VIP route. During road journey the state government provided no jammer.
Again laxity in the security was detected during the visit of Rahul to Amethi. Jai Pal said during the onward journey to Amethi from Lucknow airport on August 17 an India DLE car (touristtaxi) possibly hired by press with one videographer by passed the tail car in the Rahul's cavalcade. The taxi intruded in the cavalcade despite objections by policemen near Gosainganj on Sultanpur road. Later the taxi started running ahead of the tail car.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the Chief Secretary to adhere to the recommendations of the advance liaison team during the visit of Rahul.
Talking to the journalists the ADG (Law and Order), AK Jain said adequate police force had been deployed at Lucknow, Rae Bareli and Sultanpur for the security of Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra. While Rahul will return on Friday evening Priyanka will stay till Saturday.
The meeting with the advance liaison team of SPG with state police officers was completed and all the recommendations of ASL was being implemented. The state police would ensure that no car intrudes in the cavalcade of Rahul. The police officers have been directed to control the crowd.
Jain said reply to the MHA letter has been sent. Both the SPG and state government provides jammar during the visit of VVIP. Only during one visit jammar was not provided. If the SPG makes demand jammar would be provided.
It may be mentioned here that during the visit of Rahul to East UP in September the state government had raised strong objection over his movement without prior information to the state government. The state government had shot off a letter to the Central Government drawings its attention toward threat perspective to Rahul.