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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Orissa complains about Rahul’s trips

Orissa Govt complain with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the secret trips of Rahul to villages during the nights, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2008 03:36 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Soumyajit Pattnaik
Hindustan Times

Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi returned to New Delhi after wrapping up his four-day visit to Orissa on Monday, leaving behind a string of controversies.

A peeved Orissa government on Tuesday lodged a formal complaint with the Ministry of Home Affairs on the secret trips of Rahul to villages during the nights without the knowledge of the district police.

On one occasion, when the superintendent of police of the Naxal-hit Koraput district followed Rahul’s motorcade on Friday, Special Protection Group personnel got down from their vehicle and asked the SP to go back. Nearly 500 Naxals had raided Koraput town (the district headquarters of Koraput district) in 2004.

Orissa home secretary TK Mishra wrote a letter to the Centre on the unavailability of information about Rahul's visits and SPG’s behaviour with the district police.

Koraput SP Deepak Kumar told HT, “Around 7.30 pm on Friday, I and the DIG were waiting in front of Nalco’s guest house at Damanjodi where Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to spend the night. We were told he would retire for the day. But then he stepped out and drove away along with his security personnel.”

A senior bureaucrat told HT, “Had something gone awry during Rahul Gandhi’s night visits, the state government would have been blamed, as law and order is a state subject.”