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Rahul breaks security cordon

A.V.Ragunathan

Tense moments for security personnel

— Photo: T. Singaravelou

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi shakes hands with partymen at Villupuram on Wednesday.

VILLUPURAM: All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was here to attend a Youth Congress meeting on Wednesday, gave tense moments to the security personnel.

After coming out of the venue for an in-camera meeting with Dalit office-bearers of the Youth Congress, Mr. Gandhi waved from his car to the party supporters lined up outside.

After moving some distance, he suddenly signalled the driver to halt the car and got down.

He briskly went to the party men standing behind the barricades and began shaking hands with them.

Security guards had a tough time because of the Mr. Gandhi's impromptu action.

However, they swiftly threw a security ring around him and ushered him to the car.

After moving a few yards again, the car stopped for the cheering crowd, before proceeding to the helipad put up on a private property, about two kilometres from the venue. An IAF helicopter accompanied the one in which Mr. Rahul flew.

Boycott

About 100 Youth Congress office-bearers, supporters of S. Prabhu, State general secretary of the Youth Congress, who was suspended recently owing to difference of opinion with the State president M. Yuvaraj during his padayatra, stayed out of the meeting.

Led by Ilayaraja, Kallakurichi president of the Youth Congress, they raised slogans urging the leadership to reinstate Mr. Prabhu.

Rishivandhiyam MLA S.Sivaraj, along with Congress partymen, was seen arguing with the police brass to gain entry into the helipad to welcome Mr. Gandhi.

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