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Rahul again takes UP police off guard

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.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2010 20:06 IST

For the second time in recent weeks, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday 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.