The Congress on Thursday wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about a possible breach in Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s security in Uttar Pradesh when he visited Amethi to file his nomination on Wednesday.
In their letter to Mr. Singh, senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Surjewala have asked the Centre to “probe and neutralise the threat, if any.”
They have pointed out a green laser was pointing at Mr Gandhi, at least, seven times when he was speaking to the media after filing his nominations.
“…a laser (green) was pointed at his head, intermittently on at least seven separate occasions in a short period; including twice at his temple on the right side of the head.”
The party also sent a video clip of his media interaction to Mr. Singh along with the joint letter.
“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,” the letter said.
“All of us are deeply shocked and distressed at the possibility of the Congress president being targetted by a potential assassin.”
The letter also reminded the assassination of former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
“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,” the letter read.