President Ram Nath Kovind met PM Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan about security breach during Punjab visit


PUNJAB : President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday expressed serious concern over the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his Punjab visit on Wednesday.

The PM also met the President at the latter’s official residence and briefed him about the alleged security lapse during his Punjab visit.

Earlier this morning, the Punjab government set up a high-level committee to probe lapses during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state, an official spokesperson said. The committee would comprise Justice (Retd.) Mehtab Singh Gill, Principal Secretary (Home Affairs) & Justice Anurag Verma & would submit its report within 3 days, the Punjab government said.

However, the BJP outrightly rejected the high-level committee constituted by the Punjab government to investigate the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to the state yesterday.

“We reject the committee set up by the Punjab government to investigate the matter. This committee formed by the Chief Minister will never be able to find out anything because he himself is the ringleader of this conspiracy,” Punjab BJP President Ashwani Sharma said.

In a “major security lapse”, the Prime Minister’s convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur on Wednesday after which he returned from poll-bound Punjab without attending any event, including a rally.

The Union Home Ministry directed the state government to file an immediate report, saying it did not ensure the required deployment, while Home Minister Amit Shah said that such dereliction of the security procedure during the prime minister’s visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed.

“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 incident triggered a major political row as the BJP alleged the ruling Congress in Punjab “tried to physically harm” the prime minister, while other parties too attacked the state government over the law-and-order issue.

On the defensive, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi at a press conference denied there was any security lapse or political motive behind it and said his government was ready for an inquiry.

Amid the ongoing blame game over the serious breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation led by its Punjab unit president Ashwani Sharma is also slated to meet state’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday.

As per the information, the BJP leadership will seek legal action against the state government in this regard and the saffron party has termed a breach in the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ”complete collapse of law and order” in Punjab.