Major Security Lapse In PM Modi’s Punjab Visit – Free PDF Download

What has happened?

  • In a stern letter, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday, January 5, alleged a “major lapse in the security of PM Narendra Modi” who was in Punjab to attend some events.

What home ministry said?

  • It alleged that the Punjab government failed to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road.
  • PM Modi’s cavalcade was stuck on a flyover on Wednesday after the road was blocked by protesting farmers.
  • As PM Modi’s car remained stuck on the flyover, SPG personnel sprung into action and surrounded his car to prevent any untoward incident.

  • Top government sources said, “What was witnessed on the flyover was a surprising scene of connivance between Punjab police and so-called protestors.
  • Only the Punjab Police knew the precise route of the Prime Minister.
  • Never has such police behavior been witnessed.
  • This is the single biggest lapse in security of any Indian Prime Minister in recent years.”

But why was he travelling by road?

  • PM Modi was slated to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.
  • But due to rain and poor visibility, it was decided that he would travel by road, which would take more than 2 hours.
  • “He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of security arrangements were made by the DGP Punjab Police,” the MHA said.
  • “Around 30 km away from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the PM’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protesters.
  • The PM was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of PM.

Special protection group

  • The Special Protection Group (SPG) is an agency of the Government of India whose sole responsibility is protecting the PM of India.
  • It was formed in 1988 by an Act of the Parliament of India.
  • The SPG protects the Prime Minister at all times both in India and abroad, as well as the Prime Minister’s immediate family members residing with them at their official residence.
  • Family members, however, may decline security.
  • Previously, the SPG’s mandate included protecting the Prime Minister’s “parents, wife (sic)and children” resident anywhere in India during their term of office and for five years after leaving office.
  • However, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Act, 2019 reduced such mandate.
  • Currently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only SPG protectee.

Why farmers are still protesting?

  • While almost all farmer unions have ended their protests after the farm laws’ repeal, Punjab’s biggest farm union – BKU (Ugrahan) – is still protesting.
  • There are indefinite dharnas being staged by the union in 15 districts, including 12 deputy commissioners (DCs) offices and n4 SDM offices, since December 20.
  • The union says that these dharnas are against both Centre as well as the states government for pushing farming into distress.
  • Apart from this they said that they burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 649 villages across the state on Monday ahead of his January 5 rally in Ferozepur.
  • The farm outfit said that repealing of three farm laws by the Centre does not mean that farmers’ problems have been solved.
  • On Monday, CM postponed a meeting with the group for the third time.
  • The union claims that CM Charanjit Singh Channi is taking farmer issues in a casual manner.

What farmers want?

  • There are six major demands of the farmers, which the CM had assured to implement during the brief meeting held on December 23.
  • These include compensation for damaged crop, compensation to families of deceased farmers who died during kisan andolan and job to the kin.
  • Compensation and job to one member of the families of farmers who committed suicide, demand of guaranteed purchase of all crops on MSP,
  • Withdrawal of criminal cases slapped on farmers and others while participating in kisan andolan and waiver of all kinds of government and non-government loans on farmers and farm workers.

Q) Which among the following is correct regarding security protection given to individuals?

  1. In X category only one gunman is provided for security.
  2. PMO looks after the security cover given to individuals.
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 & 2
  4. None of the above




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