Threat to Rahul Gandhi, Centre says it will ensure full protection

New Delhi:Conceding that there is serious threat to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Centre on Monday said the government is taking all possible steps to ensure his safety and security.

The Congress members raised the matter in the Rajya Sabha during zero hour asking government to take effective steps to ensure safety to the Congress vice president. Later senior Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ahmad Patel also met the union home minister Rajnath Singh.

A threat letter in Tamil reportedly sent to V Narayanswamy, who was the Minister for PMO during UPA government, allegedly claims that Congress is responsible for the “closure of industries in Pondicherry” and threatens that Gandhi will be “blasted” when he addresses a public meeting in Karaikal.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public rally on Tuesday in Puducherry, where assembly elections are due on May 16.
“We have asked the director intelligence bureau (IB) and special protection group (SPG) to take steps to ensure that the present threat perception is factored in to ensure safety and security of Mr Gandhi. We are taking it as a serious issue,” a highly placed official in the union home ministry said.
After meeting Rajnath Singh, Sharma said the government has also proposed to “en masse” shift about 400 officers and bring in new people in the SPG, which guards Rahul Gandhi.
Raising concerns over the proposed “en mass shifting” of around 400 officers of the SPG, which handles security of top leaders including the Prime Minister, former PM, their families and the Gandhi family, Sharma said, “SPG requires rigorous training. Its personnel are brought from CISF, CRPF, BSF and central agencies. It is a matter of concern as to why such a proposal has come up to change such a large number of the personnel.”
However, Sharma added that the home minister assured prompt action and security enhancement.
“He has also assured us that the agencies of the Centre and the states will be alerted about the threat that has been received,” Sharma said after a 20-minute meeting with the union home minister.
The law to protect VVIPs was amended to include the families of former Prime Ministers under SPG cover after the assassination of Rahul Gandhi’s father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi during an election campaign in Tamil Nadu in 1991.