Punjab CM refutes allegations of security lapse during PM Modi’s visit – World Affairs SRS

Punjab CM refutes allegations of security lapse during PM Modi’s visit

– World Affairs SRS

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi expressed regret that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not go on his scheduled visit for an event in Ferozepur district on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh today, the Punjab CM said, “I am sorry that PM Modi had to return today during his visit to Ferozepur district. We respect our Prime Minister.”


Channi clarified on PM’s return journey from Punjab and said, “I was supposed to receive the PM in Bathinda today, but those who had to accompany me were found to be COVID positive. So, I did not go to receive the PM today because I Was in close contact with some people who tested positive.”

Further, the chief minister denied allegations of security lapse during PM Modi’s visit.

Channi said, “We had asked him (PMO) to call off the yatra due to bad weather conditions and protests. We had no information about his (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) sudden change of route. There was no security lapse during the PM’s yatra. Hui.”

The Punjab CM said the state government would investigate if there was any security lapse during PM Modi’s visit today.

“If there is any security lapse during PM Modi’s visit today, we will investigate. There was no threat to the prime minister,” he said.

Channi said, “Farmers have been agitating peacefully for the past one year. I am not going to lathi-charge the farmers. We talked to the farmers all night after which they ended their agitation. Today suddenly something happened in Ferozepur district. The agitators gathered.”

Earlier today, PM Modi was to visit Ferozepur to lay the foundation stone of several development projects worth over Rs 42,750 crore.

The Home Ministry has taken note of the “serious security lapse” and sought a detailed report from the Punjab government. The state government has also been asked to fix the responsibility of this lapse and take strict action.

The Home Ministry said in a statement that PM Modi reached Bathinda on Wednesday morning, from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.

Due to rain and poor visibility, the prime minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear.

The statement said that when the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would go to the National Martyrs Memorial by road, which would take more than two hours. After necessary confirmation of the necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police, the Prime Minister proceeded to travel by road.

When the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, about 30 km from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, it was found that some protesters had blocked the road.

The Prime Minister was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes.

“It was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister. The Punjab Government was informed in advance about the Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan. As per the procedure, he was required to keep a logistic, security as well as Arrangements have to be made. Contingency plan is ready,” the statement said.

He said, “In view of the contingency plan, the Punjab government will have to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, the decision to return to the Bathinda airport will be made,” he said. The decision was taken.” Sources said that what was seen on the flyover was “a surprising sight of the collusion between the Punjab Police and the so-called protesters”.

He said that only Punjab Police knows the right path of PM and “such behavior of police has never been seen”.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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