The Home Ministry on Thursday constituted a committee to inquire into serious lapses in security arrangements during Modi’s visit to Punjab.
SPG had given information Punjab A contingency rehearsal for the police and the road trip was carried out on January 4 regarding the contingency plan of the road trip from Bathinda to Firozpur in case the helicopter does not take off due to bad weather, the sources said. He said that in view of intelligence inputs regarding the possibilities of sabotage, the ASL report has emphasized on strong deployment of police.
“The documents show several communications by the Punjab Police about the Prime Minister’s visit and securing roads for the visit,” a government source said. “Discussions are also taking place about making a traffic diversion plan as there may be roadblocks as a result of the dharna. The communication by the Punjab Police further tries to keep an eye on the movement of the farmers and they should not be allowed to go to Ferozepur district to disrupt the rally. ,
As per the Blue Book of the SPG, which lays down security guidelines for the security of the PM, the overall responsibility of ensuring the security of the PM rests with the state government and the SPG is responsible for providing near-by-side security. It is the responsibility of the DGP of the state to implement these rules and a car is earmarked for the Chief Secretary and DGP in the PM’s convoy.
Sources said preliminary probe into the security lapse has pointed to the state police control room’s failure to inform the convoy pilot about the protesters on the way.
One of them said, “Before starting his journey, Director SPG discussed with DGP Punjab about the road journey from Bathinda to Firozpur.” “SSP Bathinda led the convoy from Bathinda to Firozpur district border. Had the police control room informed the PM’s convoy about the blockade in time, the situation of getting stuck on the flyover could have been avoided.
The inquiry committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs will be headed by Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat and will include Joint Director Balbir Singh. intelligence bureau (IB), and S Suresh, IG, SPG. The panel is advised to submit the report at the earliest.