India Elections: Laser, possibly from sniper gun, pointed at Rahul Gandhi’s head

India Elections: Laser, possibly from sniper gun, pointed at Rahul Gandhi’s head

New Delhi/Amethi: In the midst of India election fever, the Congress party has alleged that there is a threat to its president Rahul Gandhi’s life in Amethi. The Congress has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs with regard to the matter.

In its letter, the Congress claimed that laser, possibly from a sniper gun, was pointed at Rahul Gandhi, who is an SPG protectee. This, Congress has claimed, was a breach of Rahul Gandhi’s security.

The incident happened on Wednesday after Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from Amethi for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Prior to filing his nomination, Rahul conducted a roadshow in Amethi where Priyanka Gandhi was also present.

In a statement to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress demanded that the Centre investigate and “neutralize the threat if any”. The party also asked for ensuring that security personnel follows the protocol concerning Rahul’s security.

Detailing the incident, the Congress claimed in the letter that a green laser was pointed seven times at Rahul’s head.  

“…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,” the Congress claimed in the 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, referring to a video clip of Rahul’s interaction with the media which has also been provided to the MHA.

The details in the Congress letter also stated that 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.

“All of us are deeply shocked and distressed at the possibility of the Congress president being targeted by a potential assassin,” the Congress letter said, jointly undersigned by Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

The Congress also referred to the assassination of Rahul’s father and grandmother, former PMs Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, state that the incident was “a cause of grave and pressing concern”.

“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 said.

Meanwhile, on another development regarding this, the Home Ministry has said the laser was from a mobile phone of the cameraman. MHA dismisses sniper threat to Rahul Gandhi as a green light from a mobile phone.

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