Over enthusiastic crowd rush forward to shake Rahul’s hands, Barricades toppled, police find it difficult to manage crowd
Rahul Gandhi arrived at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagpur Airport at around 10:00 pm on April 29, 2015.Soon after his arrival; he met all the senior Congress leaders of the state and city including former Chief Minister Ashok Shankarrao Chavan.
After accepting garlands and bouquets of Congress leaders, he was ushered outside to the waiting cars.
However, breaking the security protocol, Vice-President of All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi chose to meet Congress activists, Congress loyalists and other common people who had waiting from 8:00pm for his arrival. He shook hands with everyone, accepted garlands and bouquets from everybody. With the slogans of Rahul Gandhi Toom Agey Bado, Hum Tumharey Sath Hain” (Rahul, you lead the way, we’ll follow you), the crowd became ecstatic and broke the barricades to have a glimpse of the young Congress Vice-President and shake hands with him.
The Special Protection Group personnel, police personnel, and other security details found a hard time managing the enthusiastic crowd. The cops had to push the crowd away from the barricades. In this process, many people, media personnel, senior citizens and women fell down. However, nobody was hurt in the melee.
After nearly 25 minutes of exiting from the Main exit gate of Airport, he was finally seated in his car and the motorcade went to Ravi Bhavan.
Pickpockets have a field day
Taking full advantage of the melee and chaos that ensued after Rahul decided to meet people, many people had their pockets picked. Many lost their mobiles, many lost their watches.