Modi meets President Kovind over security breach issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on President Ram Nath Kovind in Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on January 6, 2022. (IANS)

Modi meets President Kovind over security breach issue

New Delhi, January 6, 2022

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed "concerns about the serious lapse" when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him on Thursday to inform him about the security breach in his convoy in Punjab.

"President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse," tweeted the Rashtrapati Bhavan handle after the meeting.

Modi's convoy faced a serious security breach in Punjab on Wednesday when his convoy was stuck on a flyover for about 15-20 minutes because the road was blockedby some protesters.

The Prime Minister had landed at Batinda and was due to fly 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," a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs (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 had said.

Ultimately, the Prime Minister turned back and returned to Batinda. The incident has created a lot of political upheaval.

IANS

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