Supreme Court has agreed to hear PIL alleging Prime Minister Modi’s security breach in Punjab tomorrow. Bathinda district judge has been asked by the PIL to preserve the evidence of all police deployment.
PM Modi’s security breach incident took place on 5th January. PM Narendra Modi was stuck on a flyover for around 15-20 minutes on his way to Hussainiwala in Punjab because of a group of farmers that were protesting and blocked the road.
MHA stated that “This was a major lapse in the security of PM. The PM’s schedule and travel plan were communicated well in advance to 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, 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 Ministry of Home Affairs taking cognizance of this serious security lapse has sought a detailed report from the state government. State Government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.”
Congress government has been highly criticized and condemned for the incident. However, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi claims ‘all security arrangements had been made’, expresses ‘regret’ that PM had to return.
Union Minister Amit Shah calls out the incident “unacceptable” and demands an apology from Congress. He said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report on today’s security breach in Punjab. Such dereliction of security procedure in the Prime Minister’s visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed.”
A Delhi based lawyer requested for an NIA probe into the matter. “The incident is of a very serious nature and it’s an utter shame for the Nation and needs investigation and scrutiny in a comprehensive manner by National Investing Agency,” he has said in his request to Director General, NIA.