By not canceling his trip to Mumbai, Rahul Gandhi has shown that he is not perplexed by Shiv Sena threats. Rahul Gandhi made his scheduled visit to Mumbai today. Rahul Gandhi today took a local train to travel from Vile Parle to Ghatkopar. Several protesters have been arrested following the threat to greet the leader with black flags. A helicopter was waiting to carry on Rahul Gandhi but in a last minute decision, Gandhi decided to take local trains which undoubtedly left his security men in a cold sweat. Rahul Gandhi had a schedule to greet students in Vile Parle in North Mumbai and then to visit Ghatkopar to meet the residents of a Dalit Slum. Maharashtra government and Police is concerned after Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray ordered party workers to show black flags to Rahul Gandhi. During four hours scheduled trip of Rahul Gandhi, State government tightened security in these parts of City. Shiv Sena initiated a battle of words after Gandhi had commented in Bihar that Mumbai belongs to all Indians and that commandos from Bihar and U.P. fought to rescue Mumbai from terrorists during 26/11. Rahul Gandhi was greeted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan upon landing in Mumbai. Gandhi had a travel in a convoy to Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle to meet students. The convoy was accompanied by an ambulance. Bomb disposal squads were present to avert any devastating situation. 500 policemen flanked the one-kilometre stretch from the helipad to the venue. Gandhi spent more than an hour at Bhaidas Hall. He emerged smiling and got into his car. The media followed Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi's car stopped at a Bank of India branch. Congress sources say this was the point when Gandhi decided to take a train and was worried that he didn't have enough cash to pay for his tickets. Political analysts say this was the young Gandhi's way to show Sena and City that he cares not even a penny of Sena's threats. Media persons raced to keep up with him as he headed to the Andheri station. There, he boarded the first-class compartment a Churchgate bound train. To reach his destination, he changed train at Dadar station, then got onto the 1.42 Kalyan local fast train, which left him on Platform Number One of the Ghatkopar Station. At Ghatkopar, Gandhi offered garlands to a statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar and met residents of the Ramabai Nagar slum.
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