Security lapse, Rahul's vehicle runs out of fuel

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s one-day visit to Kerala on Monday was also marked by security lapses. Gandhi’s motorcade had to take a detour after the vehicle he was travelling in ran low on diesel as the Congress leader headed back to the Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery after taking part in the Yuva Kerala Yatra in Alappuzha or­ga­nised by the Youth Congress.

Rahul Gandhi was travelling along with state home minister Ramesh Chennithala in the minister’s vehicle when the incident happened near Mankombu in Alappuzha district.
 According to sources, the motorcade had to take a road not charted in the original special protection group (SPG) route to fill diesel at a fuel station.

The motorcade had a halt of about five minutes due to the incident.

Gandhi continued the journey in his security personnel’s vehicle. Reports said the state police commenced an investigation into the incident. 

Earlier at the road show in Alappuzha, excited Youth Congress workers swarmed around the Congress Vice President even as the security personnel had a tough time managing the crowds. 

Gandhi, who had joined the rally by walking along with the activists, was later moved to a vehicle that travelled along with the rally. 

Reports said Gandhi decided to travel with Chennithala after party activists damaged a glass window of the car he was originally scheduled to travel.

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