Update: 06 Jan 2022 11:22 AM STI
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Jan 6 (ANI): The government of Punjab has formed a high-level committee to investigate security breaches that arose during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur. The committee will report back in three days.
An official spokesperson for the chief minister’s office said on Thursday the committee would include (retired) judge Mehtab Singh Gill and senior secretary for home affairs and justice Anurag Verma.
“The committee must submit its report within three days,” added the spokesperson.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to travel to Ferozepur on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone for several development projects worth more than Rs 42,750 crore.
The Home Office said in a statement that Prime Minister Modi landed in Bathinda on Wednesday morning, from where he was due to fly by helicopter to the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala. Due to the rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited about 20 minutes for the weather to clear up.
The statement said when the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial by road, which would take more than two hours. The Prime Minister started traveling by road after the necessary confirmation of the necessary security arrangements by the DGP police in Punjab.
About 30 km from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached an overflight, the road was found to be blocked by protesters.
The Prime Minister was stranded on an airlift for 15 to 20 minutes. “This was a major loophole in the security of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan were communicated well in advance to the government of the Punjab. In accordance with the procedure, they must take the necessary arrangements for logistics, security and having an emergency plan ready, âthe statement said. âAlso in view of the contingency plan, the government of Punjab must deploy additional security measures to secure all movement by road, which clearly have not been deployed. After this security failure, it was decided to return to Bathinda airport, âhe added.
He said only the Punjab police knew the prime minister’s precise route and “never has such police behavior been observed.” The state government has also been urged to determine responsibility for this failure and to take strict action. (ANI)