Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy was today stuck on a flyover in Punjab for 20 minutes as the road was blocked by ‘famer’ protestors. This major security lapse on part of the Punjab Government and Punjab Police has invited condemnation from several quarters.
Top government sources said, “What was witnessed on the flyover was a surprising scene of connivance between Punjab police and so-called protestors. Only the Punjab Police knew the precise route of the Prime Minister. Never has such police behavior been witnessed. This is the single biggest lapse in security of any Indian Prime Minister in recent years.”
As per a report in The Tribune, the PM landed at Bathinda airport on Wednesday morning for a rally in Ferozepur, and was scheduled to visit National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala (Ferozepur) via helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the PM waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.
When weather didn’t improve, it was decided that the PM would travel via road, which would have taken more than 2 hours. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of security arrangements by the Punjab Police DGP.
Around 30 km away from National Martyrs Memorial, when the PM’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors who had managed to place trucks and buses on the flyover as can be seen from photos. The PM remained stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. Even private cars could be seen approaching the PM’s convoy, another major lapse by local police.
The PM’s schedule and travel plan were communicated well in advance to the Punjab Government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as to keep a contingency plan ready. In view of the contingency plan, the Punjab Government had to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which was clearly not deployed.
Shockingly, videos have emerged showing Punjab Police having tea with the ‘protestors’ on the same flyover/elevated road where the PM’s convoy was later stuck.
It is said that no one from Punjab police or the CM’s office responded for 20 minutes when PM’s security detail was frantically trying to get in touch to inform that his convoy was blocked.
After this serious security lapse, the PM’s convoy headed back to the Bathinda airport. The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report from the state government and asked it to fix responsibility for the lapse and take strict action.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, upon his return to Bathinda airport, reportedly told officials, “Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bathinda airport tak zinda laut paaya.” (Thank your CM that I returned to the Bathinda Airport alive).
Ultra-left ‘farmers’ union with past Maoist links takes responsibility
Ultra left farmer union BKU Krantikari has now claimed responsibility for stalling the PM’s convoy in Piareana village of Ferozepur district. This spot is a mere 15-20 km from the International Border with Pakistan. This famer union’s President was jailed for five months in 2009 under UAPA for Maoist terrorist links.
An important question here is about who leaked the PM’s route to the protestors? The head of the BKU has reportedly said that it was Punjab Police that told them the PM was traveling by road. Farmers associated with the union blocked the elevated road near Piareana village – the blockade was started at 10.30 am, after they were stopped by the police from marching towards the DC office in Ferozepur, reports The Tribune.
Several ‘farmer’ unions, including BKU Ugrahan, BKU Dakaunda and Kirti Kisan Union, have been protesting across the state against PM Modi’s visit for the past three days. Effigies of the PM were burnt in villages and the farmer unions also stopped buses in different parts of the state, carrying people to the rally site in Ferozepur.
In fact, videos emerged showing lumpen elements armed with lathis attacking buses carrying BJP supporters to the rally site
Baldev Singh Zira, general secretary of BKU (Krantikari) addressed the protesters and claimed that the farmers have taught “arrogant Modi” a lesson. “Usne tuhade raste vich kil paye si, aj tuhadi taakat ne Modi nu bhaja ta ethon (He had place spikes on the borders of Delhi to prevent your march, you have now forced him to retreat),” he told the gathering after the cavalcade of the PM turned away.
India Today has learnt that announcements were made from a local religious place (Gurudwara) asking farmers to gather with their tractor trollies for the blockade.
Congressis and liberals cheer and mock
Such a serious security lapse involving the PM of the nation should be a cause for concern to all right-thinking citizens, especially when we have such a bad record of assassinations of sitting PMs. Also, the nation has yet to recover from the tragic and murky death of CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat.
But the premier opposition party and its supporters in left-liberal media were seen mocking and cheering the security lapse. Some were spinning conspiracy theories that the whole incident was ‘fabricated’ to cover up ‘poor turnout’ at the Ferozepur rally site. That lie too was busted.
Some were seen giving death threats to the PM along with the hashtag #GoBackModi.
India has LOST 2 PMs to assassinations,both from Congis & Congis leaders MOCK #PMSecurityLapse ?— Pallavi (@pallavict) January 5, 2022
See the pics circulated on hashtag run by Congis- GoBackModi
Congis may [email protected] him but at least respect mandate of people-
he’s not MY or YOUR PM;
he’s OUR PM#BharatStandsWithModi pic.twitter.com/quEufa0sXb
Similar threats of assassinating PM Modi in emulation of the Indira Gandhi assassination were heard during the ‘farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders too.
Netizens pointed out that when an innocuous green light from a camera fell on Rahul Gandhi, Congressmen poured onto the streets claiming “Modi’s sniper” was about to assassinate him. Here, a major security breach threatening a sitting Prime Minister transpired and the same people are mocking the outrage. Others reminded citizens of the growing fascism along lines of the WB and Kerala models.
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi has brushed off the entire incident, saying “yeh kudrati hua….koi lapse nahin tha” (this happened naturally, there was no lapse).