PM security breach in Punjab, SC to hear matter on Friday

Supreme Court of India

PM security breach in Punjab, SC to hear matter on Friday

New Delhi, January 6, 2022

The matter connected with the security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Punjab a day ago was raised before the Supreme Court on Thursday. The top court agreed to hear the matter on Friday.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh mentioned the petition before a bench headed by Chief Justice N. V. Ramana, seeking a probe into the security breach in the PM's cavalcade in Punjab.

The bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, asked Singh to serve a copy of the petition to the Punjab government and posted the matter for hearing on Friday.

Singh submitted that it was a serious lapse on the part of the Punjab government. The Prime Minister's cavalcade was stranded on the road causing an unacceptable security breach, he said.

The top court asked Singh, what is he expecting from the court? Singh said it is to be ensured that this is not repeated again and a thorough probe is required.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security was breached during the Punjab visit on Wednesday. Taking cognisance of the security breach, the MHA has sought a detailed report from the Punjab government.

The MHA also asked the Punjab government to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, "Today morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at Bathinda 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. 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. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police," the MHA said.

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 MHA said.

The MHA further stated that the Prime Minister's schedule and travel plan were 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. 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," the MHA said.

IANS

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