Death threat to Rahul : Govt asks IB, SPG to take maximum precautions
NEW DELHI: Hours after a Congress delegation on Monday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to demand adequate security for party vice president Rahul Gandhi in wake of death threats to him, the Special Protection Group(SPG) and the Intelligence Bureau(IB) were today ordered by the government to take maximum precautions for the Congress vice president.
Acting swiftly, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi directed the SPG, responsible for the protection of the Congress VP, and the IB to take all necessary precautionary measures in this regard.
Mehrishi’s missive to the two agencies came soon after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked him to take up the issue seriously and ensure protection to Rahul, official sources said.
Earlier, some top brass of Congress, including Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi; Treasurer Motilal Vohra and Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma met the Home Minister and apprised him about the threat to the Congress Vice President’s life.
“The Home Minister has assured us of prompt action and security enhancement. He has also assured us that the agencies of the Centre and the states and SPG will be alerted about the threat that has been received,” Sharma told reporters after the 20-minute meeting with Singh.
During the meeting, Sharma also raised the issue of proposal to shift en masse about 400 officers of the SPG and to bring in new people.”It is a matter of concern as to why such a proposal has come up as SPG personnel require rigorous training,” he said.