Rahul violated security protocol in Gujarat, didn’t use bulletproof car: Rajnath
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s vehicle was attacked during his visit to Gujarat’s Banaskantha district last week.india Updated: Aug 08, 2017 13:42 IST
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi violated security protocol during his visit to flood-hit Gujarat’s Banaskantha district last week when his car was pelted with stones, home minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday over the main opposition party’s allegations that their leader “could have been killed” in the attack.
Singh said Gujarat police were informed about Gandhi’s visit two days before he travelled to the state.
“Rahul Gandhi is under SPG (Special Protection Group) protection. The state police had made adequate arrangement for the visit. He was even provided with a bullet-proof car. But he opted for a non-bullet proof vehicle. He should have listened to the advice of security personnel. But he did not,” he said.
The minister said some unknown person threw a stone at Gandhi’s car at Dhanera town and the incident would not have occurred had the Congress leader used the vehicle the police had provided.
The matter came up in the Lok Sabha after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of the “potentially fatal” attack on Gandhi in Gujarat on August 4. Kharge said the government was saying terrorists were throwing stones in Kashmir and asked: “which terrorist threw stones in Gujarat”.
Responding to the issue raised by the Congress leader, Singh also said Gandhi was away from India on six occasions for 72 days without taking any SPG security along, posing a grave threat to himself.
Gandhi, who is guarded by the elite SPG, has spoken of the deaths of his father Rajiv Gandhi and grandmother Indira Gandhi, both former prime ministers, in the past and said he could be next to fall to the politics of hate. The SPG is responsible for the security of the prime minister and his immediate family members.
Congress members shouted slogans even as the home minister said the accused had been arrested and further probe was on. The chaos forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House for half hour at 11.30am.