Sniper Laser Pointed at Rahul Gandhi’s Head During Public Event in Amethi?
The Congress party has written to the Home Ministry that the security breach, if any, was a cause of grave and pressing concern.
Writing to Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, the Congress party has expressed its concern for party president Rahul Gandhi’s security. The party has pointed out that when he was speaking to the press after filing his nomination in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, a green laser (as visible in the video) was pointed at his head 7 times, and that it could be from a sniper gun.
In the letter, per a report by Aurangzeb Naqshbandi in the Hindustan Times, the Congress party reportedly said, “…a laser (green) was pointed at his head, intermittently on at least 7 separate occasions in a short period; including twice at his temple on the right side of the head”. It has urged the Home Minister to “probe and neutralize the threat, if any,” and ensure that the protocol relating the Congress president’s security detail is strictly followed.
Reportedly, the Congress also sent a video clip of Gandhi’s media interaction to Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with the joint letter signed by party leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala. The video clearly shows a green laser point on Gandhi’s temple as he interacts with the media.
“A perusal of the video by various persons including former security personnel leads to a prima facie conclusion that this laser could emanate from a potential weapon such as a sniper gun,” Hindustan Times quote the letter. “Even a possibility like this is a cause of serious alarm and concern pointing towards a breach in the security of Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi,” the Congress leaders said. “All of us are deeply shocked and distressed at the possibility of the Congress president being targeted by a potential assassin.”
The party reportedly also cited the assassination of Rahul Gandhi’s father and grandmother, former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, to assert that the security breach, if any, was “a cause of grave and pressing concern”. According to the report, the party added in the letter, “We urge you to immediately take note of this grave and unacceptable security threat as also the security lapse in the security of the Congress president… This is also an alarming lapse on part of the UP administration which is responsible for the peripheral security.”
Given that Gandhi is the leader of the largest opposition party, the Congress wrote, “Rahul Gandhi being a high risk target is especially vulnerable during the extensive electioneering in the ongoing 2019 elections,” Hindustan Times reported, quoting the letter.
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