New Delhi : A 30-year-old “mentally-disturbed” man was detained with a licenced pistol and live cartridges near the house of Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, police said on Monday.

Police intercepted a car last night at a barricade on Mother Teresa Crescent Road near Patel’s residence. A senior police official said the youth was talking about becoming President of the country. “He was mentally disturbed. We took him to a nearby police station. “We also checked his car and recovered a pistol and 21 live cartridges.

He had licence for pistol. He also did not tell us why he was carrying a pistol and also did not tell us where he wanted to go,” the official said. He was also examined by doctors and his family members were informed.

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