Home / News / India /  Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra suspended temporarily in J&K, security reasons cited

Citing the security reasons, the Bharat Jodo march led by Rahul Gandhi was stopped on Friday near Qazigund on 27 January. This took place after Congress alleged breach of security and mismanagement of crowd by Jammu and Kashmir administration.

The following update was posted by AICC incharge Rajni Patil, who tweeted that JK administration "failed to provide security to Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Shri Rahul Gandhi.

"Security lapses indicate unfair and unprepared attitude of the UT administration," Patil said.

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Gandhi too said, "I had to call off my walk because I can't go against my security people," adding, "It's the J-K admin's responsibility to provide security, I hope security will now be ensured for remaining days of yatra. Police personnel supposed to manage the crowd were nowhere to be seen."

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi, after reaching Qazigund, started to walk towards Vessu in South Kashmir as per the plan but the Congress workers suddenly found that the outer cordon, which was to be managed by Jammu and Kashmir police, had disappeared.

The Congress leader was scheduled to walk 11 kms on Friday but had to call off after he barely walked 500 metres.

"Due to security reasons, we had to stop the yatra temporarily as there was crowd mismanagement along the yatra route approved by the security apparatus," a senior congress leader said.

while people had turned up in numbers to show their affection for Rahul Gandhi, he said that there were apprehensions regarding the security of the Congress leader as "people are coming too close to him."

However, because of security mismanagement, Rahul's security did not allow him to walk and he rode his car to the venue of march's night halt at Khanabal, the Congress leader added.

With PTI inputs.

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