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UP official accuses Rahul of violating security norms

December 08, 2009 14:16 IST
Contradicting Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's claim that he always believed in strictly adhering to all security norms and rules, the district magistrate of Sitapur has pointedly accused him of violating all security procedures.

In a report sent to the Uttar Pradesh home department, Sitapur District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar has clearly stated that Rahul's helicopter had not only landed well after sunset, but he had also refused to use the bullet-proof vehicle provided to him by the administration as a part of his entitlement as a Special Protection Group covered leader.

"Mr. Rahul Gandhi landed here at 5.30 pm, while the sun had already set at 5.13 pm," Kumar said.

According to him, "The Congress general secretary was an hour and forty-five minutes behind schedule."

He said, "SPG continued to mislead the local officials by deferring the expected time of arrival every 10-15 minutes."

In his report, the DM has added, "Instead of using an official bullet-proof car specially requisitioned for him, Rahul Gandhi chose to drive down to Hardoi in a private non-bullet-proof vehicle against basic security norms."

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow