Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's unscheduled halts and his taking a common route to reach Wankhede stadium for the World Cup final on Saturday had Mumbai police on tenterhooks.
Gandhi, who had checked into plush Leela hotel near the Mumbai airport, took his vehicles through a common public route in south Mumbai to reach the stadium instead of the special road earmarked for the VVIPs, a senior police officer said today.
After he left the hotel, Gandhi, who had Special Protection Group team with him, made his vehicles stop just before the toll naka of iconic Rajiv Gandhi Setu Bridge (known as Bandra Worli Sea Link) and had a view of the bridge for a few minutes, the officer said.
Later, due to heavy traffic on the routes leading to the Wankhede, Gandhi got down from his vehicle and went to a restaurant, New Yorker, near city's famous Chowpatty beach, the officer said, adding after the meal that lasted for half an hour, Gandhi headed towards the ground.
"Gandhi's unscheduled stoppages and his last moment decision to take a common route had stumped us. Though the police control room kept an eye on every movement of this VVIP, it kept us on tenterhooks all the time," the officer said.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricket team skippers Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly had a tough time handling the revellers who danced on the former's car on the road, soon after Indian cricket team lifted the World Cup trophy.
"One of the two former cricketers had to call up and notify the police that the revellers were dancing on their car. Despite the requests from the cricketers, the revellers did not pay heed to them," said the officer.
After their call, a police team on the streets of Marine Lines reached the spot and caught the revellers, he said.
"Gavaskar's car was allowed to go and after sometime, the revellers were let off," he added.