Bareilly, Oct 24 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the alleged laxity in Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's security during his day-long visit to Kanpur today.
State Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh here said Additional Director General of Police (ADG) (Law and Order) Brijlal was asked to probe the matter.
After a meet over law and order situation in Bareilly zone, Mr Singh said Mr Gandhi was provided adequate security at various places, including Kanpur during his visit but some complaints regarding the same have come to fore, which would be probed by the ADG.
Refuting that UP was becoming a hub of terrorists, he said ''One should not even bring such thoughts in mind.'' Crime graph was continuously plummeting in the state, he said adding, ''as many as 374 police personnel were expelled in the last one year and three months, which is a record in itself.'' The UP police was making all efforts to fight terrorism by strengthening its network and intelligence unit, he averred.
However, when being asked about the rising questions regarding ban on Hindu outfits, the DGP said it was a 'matter of political concern'.
The reports regarding breach in Mr Gandhi's security today at Kanpur had come to light, when he had remained without the state government security for more than an hour. The Special Protection Group (SPG) men had a tough time ensuring the security as the Congress general secretary was surrounded by the students of Chandrashekhar Azad Agriculture University.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Reeta Bahuguna Joshi had alleged that the lapse in Mr Gandhi's security was deliberate on the part of Kanpur district administration on the behest of CM Mayawati.
District Magistrate of Kanpur Anil Sagar had, however, denied any lapse in Mr Gandhi's security. ''There could be some other reasons to complain about the security,'' he had remarked when was pointed out that the Congress was sore on the lack Security provided by the state government which is mandatory for a person with SPG cover.
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