In a case involving the blockage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy in Ferozepur earlier this week, while he was on his way to address a public rally, Punjab police have filed an FIR against 150 unidentified people. Under Section 283 of the Indian Penal Code, an FIR has been filed against the accused.
Meanwhile, a central team investigating “severe failures” in PM Modi’s security during his visit to Ferozepur arrived here. The Punjab administration, on the other hand, sent a report to the central government stating that an FIR had been filed in the case.
The Central delegation met with senior Punjab Police and civil administration officials at the Pyarayana overpass near Ferozepur in the morning, despite the foggy weather. Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat, chairs the panel, which also includes Balbir Singh, Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau, and S Suresh, IG, Special Protection Group. According to sources, the Central team has called a number of senior police and civil personnel, including those who were assigned to the PM’s security during his visit to Ferozepur, and has requested them to attend in person on Friday.
The Punjab government’s Chief Secretary informed the Union Home Ministry that a FIR had been filed in connection with the security violation.
The state administration organised its own two-member commission to investigate the alleged failures on Thursday. The panel has been given three days to produce its report. Sudhir Kumar Saxena, secretary (security), cabinet secretariat, is the panel’s chairman.
Unidentified protestors who blocked Modi’s cavalcade on Wednesday were also charged by the Punjab police.
On Wednesday, the prime minister’s convoy got stranded on the flyover in Ferozepur due to a protester roadblock, and he returned from the poll-bound state without attending any event, including a rally. Following the incident, a huge political squabble erupted, with the BJP accusing the Punjab government of “attempting to physically injure” the Prime Minister. Other political parties have also chastised the state government on the issue of peace and order.
The FIR states that the officer was on security duty on January 5 and is based on a statement by inspector Balbir Singh. The FIR makes no mention of the Prime Minister’s convoy’s movement being halted on the overpass and that he was delayed there for nearly 20 minutes before turning back.