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PM's 'security breach': MHA issues showcause notice to Bathinda SSP; warns of disciplinary action

Sameer Singh

Press Reporter News Service

Bathinda, January 7

Following the alleged safety breach throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab go to, the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) has issued a showcause discover to the Bathinda Senior Superintendent of Police, telling him to answer inside a day.

Within the strongly-worded letter, a replica of which is with The Press Reporter, Archana Varma, Deputy Secretary to the Centre, has said that since there was grave safety lapse in the course of the PM’s go to, the Bathinda SSP is directed to ‘present trigger’ as to why motion shouldn’t be initiated towards him underneath the legislation together with disciplinary motion underneath All India Companies (Self-discipline and Enchantment), Guidelines, 1969, the acts of omission and fee.

The letter says: “Your reply ought to be obtained on this ministry on or earlier than January 8 by 5 pm, failing which it will be presumed that you don’t have anything to say and disciplinary motion as deemed match could be initiated towards you.

“It’s abundantly clear that the route clearance was given with out adequately attending to all safety considerations identified within the ASL conferences on January 1 and a couple of. As per the Blue E-book and established procedures as Superintendent of Police, Bathinda, you had been mandated to make enough preparations for the safety and logistics for the VVIP’s go to and likewise to make contingency plan for motion of VVIP by street with mandatory deployment of safety forces. It’s manifestly apparent {that a} contingency plan with attendant safety deployment was both not made or not put to impact when so required,” said the ministry of dwelling affairs letter. 

“The contingency rehearsal for street journey from AFS Bathinda to Ferozepur was additionally carried out on January 4. However the ASL report emphasising the necessity to have a powerful police deployment for street journey and contingency rehearsal, enough safety deployment for contingency motion by street was not made and the VVIP’s cavalcade was blocked with tractors, trolleys and college buses by a bunch of protesters about 30 km from Nationwide Martyrs Memorial in Hussaniwala,” stated the letter.

It has been learnt that the Bathinda SSP piloted the motorcade from Bathinda to Ferozepur.

The letter by the MHA identified, “As offered in Part 14 of the Particular Safety Group (SPG), 1988, the state authorities and each civil authority is legally obligated to supply all help to the SPG and, due to this fact, you as SSP Bathinda had been obligated to make enough safety preparations however obtainable data up to now signifies that police on the protest website was discovered to be inactive, senior law enforcement officials current on the website had been additionally discovered to be ineffective in making efforts to facilitate motion of carcade of the VVIP. All through the route solely skeletal police deployment was noticed.”

Bathinda SSP Ajay Maluja and Deputy Commissioner Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu didn’t reply to repeated makes an attempt for his or her model.

Joint Secretary directs admn, police officers to affix probe

In one other letter issued by the workplace of secretary (safety), Centre, D Sai Amutha Devi, Joint Secretary (Safety) has requested senior police and civil administration officers to affix the probe.

Within the letter, the joint secretary has stated that Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Safety), Cupboard Secretariat, together with two members of the probe committee would go to Ferozepur on January 7 to conduct an inquiry.

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