The committee probing the safety breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is within the final levels of amassing proof. To this point the probe is heading in the direction of “planning failure” on PM Modi’s go to to Punjab in January this yr.
“The committee is amassing proof from all stakeholders involved and compiling it collectively. To this point it seems to be a planning failure however we’re nonetheless within the means of taking a ultimate view,” a senior authorities official mentioned.
The Supreme Courtroom-appointed committee, headed by former Supreme Courtroom decide Justice Indu Malhotra, is probing if there was any legal conspiracy within the incident and the position of Punjab Law enforcement officials can also be underneath probe.
PM Modi’s cavalcade was grounded on January 5, leaving him stranded for 20 minutes on a flyover about 30 km from Hussainiwala.
In accordance with officers related to the probe, the statements of all witnesses – Particular Safety Group (SPG) personnel, Punjab Police personnel and likewise bystanders who have been standing to cheer for PM Modi have been recorded.
“As per blue e-book of SPG (underneath which the SPG operates) whereas planning, all operational contingencies ought to have been factored in together with congruent emergency plans, secret operations and dummy drills,” mentioned an officer, including air drive logs to information of alternate routes and people of secure homes recognized alongside PM Modi’s route have been additionally examined.
Sources mentioned the committee examined movies displaying PM Modi sitting within the automotive and people of the protesters blocking the street forward.
“Justice Indu Malhotra accompanied by different members of the committee visited web site the place PM Modi was caught and likewise the place he was supposed to deal with,” one other senior official conscious of developments mentioned.
Curiously, the Intelligence Bureau, or the IB, has knowledgeable the committee that they’d shared inputs with the Punjab authorities stating that “some kind of demonstration or agitation” may happen when PM Modi can be on his technique to Hussainiwala.
The IB, actually, had warned the state police that Gurpatwant Singh Pannu of the banned group Sikhs for Justice had been upsetting native youths and luring them with cash. Issuing a normal alert, it requested the Punjab authorities to stay vigilant because the venue of PM Modi’s occasion was near the border with Pakistan.
“To this point it appears native police adopted an informal method and didn’t comply with due diligence,” a senior officer mentioned, including the Blue Ebook prescribes that the protection and safety of the Prime Minister is the duty of the state authorities or Union Territory involved.
The committee has requested former Indian Police Service officers who’ve expertise with offering safety to Prime Ministers for solutions for strengthening safety.