Sonia Gandhi’s SPG commando missing since September 3

In a rather unusual instance, a Special Protection Group (SPG) commando from Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s security team has gone missing since September 3, from the senior leader’s 10, Janpath Marg residence. Reportedly, the commando identified as Rakesh Kumar had reported on duty on the day he went missing, despite having an off on the given day.

Troubled with the suspicious circumstances under which the commando went missing, the Tuglaq Road police has started a probe into the matter and are conducting search operation. However, police have confirmed that the 31-year-old SPG commando has left his service revolver and mobile phone behind.

Initial investigation suggests that apart from reporting on duty on September 1, Rakesh had also met his SPG colleagues at Sonia Gandhi’s residence and had left the premise at around 11 am. His family, which stays at a rented accommodation in Dwarka, couldn’t reach him as Rakesh was not even carrying his mobile phone. And with no contact with Rakesh for 48 hours, his family contacted senior authorities. However, during police enquiry, the family ruled out any possibility of the commando’s enmity or feud with anyone.

Under the 1988 act of the Parliament, the SPG commandos are provided to the Prime Minister, former Prime Minister and their immediate kin. The special commandos, taken from the Central Armed Police Force and Railway Protection Force are usually equipped with the best weapons like FN Herstal (assault rifle), Glock Pistol and FN Herstal (P90)

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