Major lapse in Indian PM Narendra Modi's security, convoy stuck on Punjab Flyover for 20 minutes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned today without addressing a rally in Punjab after his convoy got stuck in a road blockade near Hussainiwala. The security lapse occurred when the Prime Minister was traveling by road from Bathinda to National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala.

Source: NDTV

The PM's convoy was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes due to a road blockade by some protestors. The home ministry has described the incident as a "major lapse" in his security. After the serious lapse in security, his convoy decided to return without attending the event at the National Martyrs' Memorial.

The Centre has asked the Punjab government to fix responsibility for the lapse and take strict action.

Source: PTI

In response, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has denied any lapse in security and expressed regret over the developments. Stating that there was no threat to the Prime Minister’s security, Channi blamed his being stranded on a last-minute change in the former’s travel plans. He said the Prime Minister’s Office had been informed beforehand of the protest on the route. He suggested Modi could have used a helicopter instead.

"The Prime Minister was not attacked… Please do not spoil relations… Farmers have been agitating for over a year… I am not going to order a lathicharge or firing on my people… If there were any security lapses, we will inquire.."

According to the Chief Minister, the chief secretary had informed him at 1.30 am that the agitators were keen on assurance on a meeting with the visiting Prime Minister. Channi revealed that he had offered to facilitate the meeting. “Then at 1:45 am, I called the director of the Intelligence Bureau. He did not answer my phone. At 6:30 am he called me back. I told him that we had got the roads cleared.”

To a question on the Prime Minister being upset about the developments, the Punjab Chief Minister said, “The PM is older than me. His stature is much bigger than mine. If he has said anything about being upset, I do not want to say anything. I would say ‘please come again’.”

Hours after the security lapse, Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala today slammed BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda and asked him to introspect on the BJP's anti-farmer attitude. No crowd to listen to PM Modi was the reason why the rally was canceled, Congress alleged.

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