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Hours after vandalizing a statue of Mayawati in Lucknow, miscreants struck again, this time attempting to vandalize the personage of the PM himself after mistaking him for a statue. The attack occurred at 7 am, outside the entrance to 7 Race Course Road.
Video footage from the CCTV camera sheds valuable light on the disturbing incident: The PM is seen waiting for his car, motionless, with a flock of pigeons taking turns to perch on his body, some on his head, some on his shoulders. After 30 minutes, a group of attackers enter the frame and gingerly approach the PM. One of them is about to take out a hammer from his kit when his associate all of a sudden notices the PM’s eyes blink and yells, “Oye teri! Yeh to khud Pradhaan Mantri hain, unki moorti nahin! Chal bhaagte hain yahaan se,’’ before scampering away. A few minutes later, the PM’s car arrives and Dr. Singh nonchalantly gets in.
The attackers have since been nabbed by security agencies and severely reprimanded for their foolish act. However, they have been let off after the PM personally intervened and gave them a clean chit. “This is not the first time this has happened. Some time back, when I was in Madam Tussauds in London, a lot of people had similarly gathered around me, mistaking me for a wax figure. Perhaps in this instance, I should have waved my hand to let them know that I am not a statue. But I did not want to frighten the pigeons so I merely blinked my eyes instead,” recalled Dr. Singh.
Nevertheless, the Special Protection Group has beefed up the PM’s security to prevent a repeat of such incidents. “RAW has informed us that the PM, on account of his non-existent body language, faces heightened threat perceptions from more aggressive avian species like eagles and crows and has cautioned us to be on maximum alert,” revealed a SPG spokesperson.