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No lapse, route was changed at last minute: Punjab CM

Press Reporter news Service

Chandigarh, January 5

Denying any safety lapse or try and assault PM Narendra Modi, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi immediately mentioned it was unsuitable to offer a political color to the incident by linking a peaceable protest by farmers with risk to PM’s safety.

It was unlucky that PM’s convoy was caught on a flyover for almost 20 minutes after some protesters (but to be recognized) immediately blocked highway resulting in Ferozepur, he mentioned throughout a press convention.

“Nonetheless, if anybody feels there’s a safety lapse, we’re prepared for any probe,” he mentioned whereas speeding so as to add that the highway on which the protesters have been sitting was not on the route plan of the PM’s convoy.

The CM ducked questions over the state DGP giving highway clearance, saying every thing was deliberate in session with the PM’s safety companies. “He mentioned he regretted that the PM needed to return. We now have full respect for the PM, nevertheless it was unsuitable to offer a political color to the incident. The farmers had been sitting on Delhi’s borders for a 12 months, nothing occurred. If there’s any risk to the PM, I would be the first one to offer my blood. A Punjabi won’t ever assault any visitor,” he mentioned.

The plan of PM’s journey by highway was shared on the final second. “We have been informed that the PM would journey by a helicopter from Bathinda to Ferozepur. However , the PM determined to journey by highway,” he mentioned.

The CM mentioned after receiving a name from Union Residence Minister Amit Shah, he personally intervened and efficiently satisfied the farmers to raise dharnas on roads resulting in the venue of BJP rally. All roads resulting in the rally venue have been cleared final evening. Some agitators, nonetheless, reached there and sat on the highway. The PM’s convoy was stopped method earlier than that spot.

“To raise any protest it takes at the least 10-20 minutes. The PM was knowledgeable about it and likewise supplied a distinct route, however he selected to go away,” Channi mentioned.

“I didn’t go to obtain the PM immediately as I used to be in shut contact with somebody who has examined constructive for Covid-19,” he mentioned.

Safety protocol

3-tier safety for PM

  • The SPG, CAPFs and native police present three-tier safety
  • SPG liable for PM’s safety 24×7; sharpshooters at official residence and the PM’s workplace
  • SPG personnel carry assault rifles, computerized weapons
  • If PM on highway journey, route sanitised, closed 10 min upfront
  • Throughout this era, two native police patrol automobiles blow siren

Two dummy vehicles

  • PM’s convoy includes 2 bullet-proof BMW 7 sequence, six BMW X5, a Mercedes Benz ambulance and a dozen different automobiles
  • To dodge a attainable attacker, two dummy vehicles in cavalcade, moreover jammer automobiles
  • 2 routes for PM’s motion, SPG picks one eventually minute

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