Watch: Rahul Gandhi narrowly escapes fire at Jabalpur roadshow

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The accident took place when Gandhi was leading a campaign event in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi managed to escape unharmed as helium-filled balloons burst into flames some distance away from his vehicle at his roadshow in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

The police have said that nobody was injured in the incident.

The accident took place when Gandhi was leading a campaign event in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. A bunch of helium balloons held by a political worker touched oil lamps that another was holding for performing ‘aarti’ of the Congress chief.

A video of the incident shows Gandhi standing in an open vehicle accompanied by security personnel while people line up on both sides of the road. A huge flame can be seen going up suddenly, startling the Congress chief.

The clip shows that some Congress workers were holding a plate with an oil lamp to welcome Gandhi when a bunch of balloons that was supposed to be released in the air came into contact with the lamp and burst into flames.

Confirming the incident, Jabalpur superintendent of police Amit Singh Sunday ruled out any security lapse, saying the incident occurred about 15-feet away from the security ring of police.

“There would have been lapse if the incident had occurred inside the security ring, but it occurred around 15-feet away. Nobody was injured in the incident, though there was a flame due to helium (gas) in the balloon,” Singh said.

Source: India Today

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