Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday rejected the charge that there was any lapse on its part in providing security to AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi during his recent visit to Kanpur.

An inquiry was initiated after the Centre raised the issue with the State police , which concluded that there was no security lapse during Mr. Gandhi’s visit on October 24. Mr. Gandhi was provided security as per the set norms, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters here.

“Whatever confusion was there was due to the organisers and the State government has nothing to do with this,” Mr. Singh said adding that Principal Secretary Home Kunwar Fatehbahadur Singh had written a letter to the Centre informing it about the State government’s stand.

‘Letter not received’

He said the government had not received any letter from the Centre raising the issue of the alleged security lapse.

“The Union Home Secretary and Director IB had talked to U.P. Director General of Police over phone on the issue and subsequently an inquiry was ordered by him to probe the matter,” Mr. Singh said. — PTI

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