Tappal: A young man carrying a revolver was on Thursday detained while trying to move close to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his padayatra to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.

The man with a .32 bore revolver was nabbed by the Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel in this village in Aligarh district when he was found nearing the second ring of
the Congress leader's security cordon.

Hari Mohan Sharma was nabbed by the SPG personnel at around 8.30 AM and was immediately handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Police. Locals said he belongs to Tappal village and claimed that he is a Congress worker.

The incident took place two hours after Gandhi resumed his footmarch to Aligarh to make common cause with farmers in the state over land acqusition. Today is Gandhi's third day
of padayatra.

Security is UP government's responsibility: Congress

In the wake of a security scare for Rahul Gandhi during his padayatra in Aligarh district, the Congress on Thursday said it is the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh government and security agencies to provide foolproof security to the young leader.

“The security of Rahul Gandhi is a sensitive issue," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said, adding political leaders reach out to people and it is incumbent on the state government and security agencies to provide foolproof security.

He dismissed suggestions that some state Congress leaders were unhappy over not being allowed to join Rahul's foot march.

Agencies