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MADURAI: Despite “high” security being provided by the police for the All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi's two-day visit to the ‘temple' city, one youth, who came closer to the leader, caused anxious moments to the police here on Thursday.
Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who arrived on Wednesday in a special flight, addressed a closed door meeting of Tamil Nadu Youth Congress members on the Gandhi Memorial Museum campus.
The media persons were not permitted near the venue by the police accompanying the leader. After the overnight halt at the Circuit House, he was scheduled to proceed to the airport at around 8 a.m.
En route, the Congress leader garlanded the statue of freedom fighter Kakkan situated on the Ambedkar Salai (opposite district court complex).
Accompanied by TNCC president K.V. Thankgabalu, and former MP A.G.S. Rambabu among others, Mr. Rahul garlanded the statue and as he was about to leave the place, a youth suddenly came closer to the vehicle.
Baffled at the presence of a “stranger,” the Special Protection Group sleuths and the local police pounced and in no time, forcibly removed him from the spot for investigation.
A senior police officer said that the youth, identified as Manikandan (21), was working as an automobile mechanic.
He resided at Lakshmi Narayanapura Agraharam, Simmakkal.
He used to visit the Race Course daily in the morning. The moment he came to know that Mr. Rahul was there to garland the statue he rushed to have a glimpse of him and came closer to the leader.
When contacted, Assistant Commissioner of Police A. Ganesan said that investigation suggested that the youth had no other intention for causing a faux pas. After detailed verification, he was let off.
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