ALAPPUZHA: The Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos and local police officers stopped senior BJP leader L K Advani on NH-66 at Kuthiathode in Alappuzha on Wednesday evening allegedly fearing a backlash from CPM activists following the attack on CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
Advani spent almost 10 minutes in the Kuthiathode CI’s office. He was on his way to Kumarakom for vacation. The BJP district leadership said Advani was stopped fearing protests.
District police chief V M Mohammed Rafeeq said, “There were no security lapses. The SPG commandos asked the pilot vehicle to stop at the safe home as Advani needed to use the washroom.” “As per our route chart, the Kuthiathode CI’s office was the safe house. This is why we took him there,” he said.