EM – Modi forced to turn around after farmers blocked the road in Punjab, the center calls this a “security breach”

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The Ministry of the Interior described the event as a “major security hole” and requested a detailed report from the state government.

Published: January 05, 2022, 4:46 pm |

Last updated: January 05, 2022 4:46 pm

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CHANDIGARH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi canceled his visit to Ferozepur, Punjab on Wednesday, where he was supposed to lay the foundation stone for several projects worth over 42,000 billion rupees.

The farmers blocked the road on which the Prime Minister drove from Bathinda to Ferozepur. His cavalcade got stuck on an overpass about 30 kilometers from Hussainiwala near Ferozepur for 15-20 minutes and had to turn back.

The Interior Ministry described the event as a “major security gap” and requested a detailed report from the state government.

Sources said Modi landed at Bhaisiana Air Force Station in Bathinda and was scheduled to take a helicopter to visit the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, near Ferozepur. However, due to rain and poor visibility, his helicopter was unable to take off. Modi waited at the airport for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear. Since the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would arrive by road and first drive to the memorial and then lay the foundations for the projects and later address a rally.

Security breach in the convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi nearby from Hussainiwala in Punjab in the Ferozepur district. The Prime Minister’s convoy got stuck on an overpass for 15-20 minutes. pic.twitter.com/xU8Jx3h26n

Sources said in Hussainiwala near Ferozepur the farmers put up a blockade. When the Prime Minister’s convoy reached an overpass, it stopped and remained there for 15-20 minutes because the road was blocked. Modi’s cavalcade and turned around and went to Bathinda.

“PM Modi drove onto the road from Bathinda after Punjab police confirmed security. This was a huge mistake in the prime minister’s security. His schedule and travel plan were communicated to the Punjab government well in advance, “said a senior official, adding that in addition to having an emergency plan in place, the state government should also take the necessary logistical and security precautions.

Aware of this vulnerability The Ministry of the Interior obtained a detailed report from the state government and asked them to clarify the responsibility for the security gap and to take strict measures.

The farmers oppose Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state. This was Modi’s first visit to the state in two years.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s national president, JP Nadda, put down the Punjab government. “For fear of a clear defeat by the voters, the Congress government in Punjab tried all possible tricks to sink the prime minister,” tweeted Nadda.

Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh called for the imposition of President Rule in Punjab. “If you can’t secure your prime minister, what kind of state government is it? The government should be fired and the presidential rule should be imposed, “he said.

Earlier, farmers stopped BJP workers and supporters who wanted to attend the prime minister’s rally in two locations – at a toll booth and near Amritsar near Taran Taran.

The Saffron Party accused Punjab police of stopping buses carrying party members to the Prime Minister’s rally. In the meantime, former CM Amarinder Singh accused BJP President Ashwani Sharma of creating blockades on the state government and preventing BJP staff from reaching the meeting place.

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