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Rahul Gandhi’s pocket picked while traveling in local train

05, Feb 2010 By Pagal Patrakar

Mumbai. The intrepid act of traveling in a local train like a common man might have won laurels for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by the media, but it seems that it cost him a few thousand bucks. According to well placed sources in the first class coach of Andheri-Dadar local, some unidentified assailants picked Rahul Gandhi’s pocket that contained cash, credit cards, his Congress identity-card, PAN card, and keys of his official residence.

“Rahulji realized this when he decided to treat the dalit children living in the Ghatkopar slum with some paani puri. He found his wallet missing when he reached out for it. This is a serious security lapse and we have directed the Mumbai police to nab the culprit.” said Ramesh Bagwe, Minister of State for Home in Maharashtra, who was dejected that he couldn’t notice Rahul’s missing wallet as he was busy carrying Rahul’s slippers (chappals).

Rahul Gandhi in his trademark white kurta-paijama
Security experts believe that just like he makes last minute changes to his travel route, Rahul Gandhi should also change his clothes so that pickpockets are not sure where his pocket was.

State Congress officials believe that Shiv Sena members were behind the incident, and have asked for a ban on the political party for indulging in such anti-national acts. While Shiv Sena has not reacted to the charges yet, some experts believe that Sena couldn’t be blamed for the incident.

“Shiv Sena had no idea of the train journey so it’s highly unlikely that they could have carried out this deed. I believe it was done by some professional pickpockets’ group, aided unfortunately by the news channels’ continuous and live reporting of Rahul Gandhi’s Mumbai visit. They reported live that Rahul had withdrawn cash from an ATM, and it might have alerted these pickpockets.” British Kandy, a sociologist and media expert opined.

Rahul Gandhi will now have to get his credit cards blocked, change the lock of his official residence and apply for a duplicate PAN card and identity cards of Congress party after this unfortunate incident. His office bearers have expressed confidence that all of these would be done within minutes, but the incident has surely exposed how vulnerable a common Mumbaikar was in the city.