PM Modi's security lapse in Punjab: Topmost echelons of Congress owe an apology to people, says Shah; seeks detailed report from MHA
The topmost echelons of Congress owe an apology to the people of the country for what they have done, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah after a security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab, and sought a detailed report from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The topmost echelons of Congress owe an apology to the people of the country for what they have done, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah after a security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab, and sought a detailed report from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, Shah said that "Congress-made happening" in Punjab is a trailer of how the party thinks and functions.
Taking to Twitter, Amit Shah said, "Today's Congress-made happening in Punjab is a trailer of how this party thinks and functions. Repeated rejections by the people have taken them to the path of insanity. The topmost echelons of the Congress owe an apology to the people of India for what they have done," Shah said. Shah said that such dereliction of security procedure in the Prime Minister's visit is totally unacceptable.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report on today's security breach in Punjab. Such dereliction of security procedure in the Prime Minister's visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed." PM Modi was scheduled to visit Ferozepur on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 42,750 crore.
The Home Ministry has taken cognizance of the "serious security lapse" and has sought a detailed report from the Punjab government. The state government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action. The Home Ministry said in a statement that PM Modi landed at 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 out. The statement said that when the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. The Prime Minister proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.
Around 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister's convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors. The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes.
"This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister's schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab Government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready," the statement said "Also in view of the contingency plan the Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport," it added.
Government sources said what was witnessed on the flyover was "a surprising scene of connivance between Punjab police and so-called protestors". They said only Punjab police knew the precise route of the PM and "never has such police behavior been witnessed". (ANI)
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