Rat race for SPGSONIA GANDHI’s office at 24 Akbar Road, the Congress party headquarters, was opened and aired last month after lying locked for most of the last three years. A huge rat emerged, to the horror of party leaders. The SPG, which had sealed and sanitized the space in preparation for Gandhi’s visit was ordered to get rid of the rodent immediately. The room was fumigated, carpets taken out for sunning and furniture removed to figure out how it had gained entry. This is not the first time the ace security force has had to work to protect its wards in this manner. The SPG once employed a snake charmer to rid the Race Course Road garden of snakes. A langur is hired to deal with the monkey menace at the PM’s residence. The SPG was even asked to stop the peacocks form nibbling up the PM’s plants. The high power operation to flush out the rat was only partially successful. Two days later, it resurfaced in Motilal Vohra’s office terrifying a journalist.