Row Over Rahul Gandhi’s Security At Congress Yatra In Jammu And Kashmir
The Congress urged punishment against those responsible for the alleged security breach on Friday, accusing the government of removing security personnel from around Rahul Gandhi as the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” approached Qazigund in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Lapse in Shri Rahul Gandhi’s security detail in Jammu and Kashmir during Bharat Jodo Yatra is disconcerting to say the least. It is GOI’s prime responsibility to provide security. India has already lost two PMs and scores of leaders & we demand better security for the Yatris,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said on Twitter.
“The sudden withdrawal of security personnel from the D-area has caused a serious security breach at the Bharat Jodo Yatra at Banihal, Kashmir. Who ordered this?” asked AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.
“The authorities responsible must answer for this lapse and take appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in future,” he tweeted.The top party official further charged that during the Yatra, which is currently in its last stages, the authorities were tampering with the security of Gandhi and Congress workers. Currently, the Yatra is in Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Jairam Ramesh, the general secretary for communications at the AICC, also tweeted that Gandhi was forced to alter his plans at the last minute because of a “major security breakdown” this morning at Qazigund.
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