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On PM Modi security breach, Supreme Court to hear petition tomorrow

On PM Modi security breach, Supreme Court to hear petition tomorrow

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition on alleged security lapses during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to poll-bound Punjab on Wednesday. The petition has been filed by an organisation, Lawyers Voice, and will be taken up by the top court on Friday. Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has asked petitioners to serve a copy on the Centre and Punjab government today. Watch: Nation wont forgive, BJP leaders slam Congress after lapse in PMs security in Punjab The Prime Minister’s rally in Ferozepur had to be cancelled yesterday because of the unprecedented breach with some protesters blocking a route and forcing his convoy to spend about 20 minutes on a flyover. After landing at Bathinda airport, PM Modi was on his way to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala when the incident took place. The Centre, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), security experts and former senior police officers all stressed on the dangerous precedent set by the incident. Also Read | Punjab Police ignored intelligence, Blue Book rules The Union home ministry and the BJP pointed to lapses by the Punjab police and the state government, and alleged that dirty politics was at play. “Today’s Congress-made happening in Punjab is a trailer of how this party thinks and functions. Repeated rejections by the people have taken them to the path of insanity,” tweeted Union home minister Amit Shah. Union minister Smriti Irani asked if information about the PM’s route was leaked. Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi expressed regret over the incident but rejected the BJP’s allegations. At a press conference, Channi said that his government had no information about the PM’s motorcade taking the road route. The state government today set up a high-level committee to probe lapses during PM Modis visit to the state. A Punjab government spokesperson said that the committee would comprise Justice (Retd.) Mehtab Singh Gill and Principal Secretary, home affairs and Justice, Anurag Verma. The panel has been asked to submit its report within three days, the spokesperson added. Also Read | PMs security explained Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sought resignation from Channi saying that the Punjab government cannot provide smooth passage to the Prime Minister of the country and that too just 10 kilometres from the Pakistan border. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern at the incident, but slammed the BJP for allegedly politicising the issue and held the Special Protection Group (SPG) responsible for the matter. This is a serious issue for which the responsibilities of SPG, IB and other agencies should be fixed rather than doing politics. The remarks being made by the BJP against Congress and Punjab Chief Minister on this issue dilute the seriousness of the issue. It should be condemned, Gehlot said on Twitter. The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), one of the 32 farm organisations involved in the year-long protests against the now repealed farm laws, took responsibility for the blockade..

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