New Delhi: President Ramnath Kovind on Thursday expressed concern about the security breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit yesterday, and met PM Modi, government sources informed. President expressed a grief concern and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. Meanwhile, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Prime Minister today on the serious security lapse of his visit to Punjab.
Prime Minister Narendra 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 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 protesters. 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. It said only Punjab police knew the precise route of the PM and “never has such police behaviour been witnessed”.
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.
(With Inputs from ANI)