Rahul violated protocols 113 times: CRPF on his security breach claim

Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah, alleging a breach in the security cover of Gandhi during his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi.

New Delhi | Updated: 29 December, 2022 1:09 pm IST

A day after Congress alleged a breach in Rahul Gandhi’s security cover, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said that the protectee violated security protocols more than 100 times in the last two years.

The onus to provide security cover to the former Congress president is on the CRPF.

On Wednesday, Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah, alleging a breach in the security cover of Gandhi during his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Delhi.

In response, the CRPF has refuted the allegations levelled by the Congress party, saying that Gandhi himself violated security guidelines when the yatra entered the national capital.

“Rahul Gandhi himself has breached security protocols at least 113 times since 2020. He has also been informed about this from time to time. During the yatra, all the measures were taken for no breach of security and all stakeholders including Delhi Police were informed on December 24 before the yatra entered Delhi,” said sources in the force.

According to the sources, the CRPF will take up the issue of security guidelines violations by Gandhi separately.

Congress leaders have demanded “adequate” security cover for Gandhi when the Bharat Jodo Yatra enters sensitive regions like Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. “Despite having the Z+ security cover, his security cover was compromised,” said Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera.

He also played some video clips showing Rahul being surrounded by a huge crowd in Badarpur area of Delhi.

In his letter, Congress leader Venugopal said, “As Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Delhi, on December 24, 2022, the security of the Bharat Jodo Yatra was compromised on multiple occasions, and the Delhi Police completely failed in controlling the surging crowd and maintaining a perimeter around Rahul Gandhi who is assigned Z+ security.”

In its arguments, the Congress said two prime ministers belonging to the party had lost their lives. It also said the Congress’s entire state leadership of Chhattisgarh was wiped out in a Naxal attack in Jiramghati in 2013.

The Congress letter comes on the heels of Union health minister Mansukh Mandviya’s letter to Gandhi, requesting him to postpone the yatra due to the looming threat of Covid-19.

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