Attempts to break Priyanka’s security cordon

April 26th, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Priyanka Gandhi Lucknow, April 26 (IANS) The Congress party’s star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi’s security cordon was broken twice Sunday when she was electioneering for her mother Sonia Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli constituency.
While the police say there was “nothing incriminating”, the attempts to breach the heavy security have sent top administration of the state in a tizzy.

According to the police, a middle-aged man wearing a police uniform tried to get close to the Congress president’s daughter. But he was arrested.

“The man in a home guard’s uniform, who broke the security cordon, was found to be mentally unwell and had lost his job on that account,” Brij Lal, additional director general of police (law and order), told IANS here.

In the second instance, a truck was seized and its driver arrested when he pushed the vehicle into Priyanka’s convoy, a fleet protected by the Special Protection Group (SPG). The incident occurred in Raniganj village in Rae Bareli district.

“The truck bears Maharashtra registration number,” said a police official, who also confirmed that “nothing incriminating was found in the preliminary search of the truck”.

“But we are questioning the driver because he really went out of the way to break into the fleet.”

Lal said, “Our people are on the job to investigate how such a thing could have happened.”

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