The minister's security reportedly assumed that he was in the CM's vehicle, while he was busy addressing the media.

Andhra Home Minister stranded after convoy reportedly leaves TDPs Mahanadu without himScreenshot: Mango News
news News Monday, May 29, 2017 - 08:35

Andhra Pradesh Home Minister N Chinna Rajappa was reportedly left without his security cover on Saturday, after his gunmen and convoy left the venue of Mahanadu, the TDP's annual conclave, without him. 

The incident reportedly happened when Rajappa held a press meet after the program on day 1 of the conclave. 

In the press meet, Rajappa spoke about the first day of Mahanadu and how its first day was completed without any untoward incidents. 

He also detailed the plan for the remaining days of the event, and the resolutions that Andhra Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu would pass. 

According to a report in the Times of India, the CM’s convoy left the event after the proceedings finished, along with the Home Minister's convoy. 

"The gunmen, pilot vehicle and escort vehicle of the home minister thought that he was in the CM's vehicle and without confirming it they left the venue leaving the minister at the media room," TOI quoted a source as saying.

The TOI report added that a senior police officer arranged another vehicle to transport the VIP later. 

The 3-day Mahanadu kicked off on Saturday in Vishakapatnam with at least 25,000 party cadre in attendance, at the Andhra University College of Engineering (AUCE).

The police stepped up security in and around the venue of the event, where 24 party resolutions are expected to be passed.

The event will be attended by more than 25,000 party cadre including ministers and TDP MLAs of both the Telugu states.

The Andhra police have stepped up security for several TDP leaders, ever since an encounter between security forces and Maoists in October 2016, that left over 31 people dead. 

Since then, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has threatened to take “revenge” against State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son, Nara Lokesh.

Following this, a general alert was received from the Union Home Ministry about the increased threat perception to the Andhra Chief Minister, in November last year.

Naidu presently enjoys the 'Z plus' category protection and his security detail includes members from the elite National Security Guard (NSG) apart from the state police's Intelligence Security Wing.

Meanwhile, on the second day of the Mahanadu, the TDP urged the Centre to posthumously confer a Bharat Ratna on its founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, without any further delay.

Naidu said that the late leader deserved the highest civilian award as he brought a revolution in Indian politics and played a key role in the country's development.


IANS inputs

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