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On a day when the Supreme Court pointed out the “blame game” and “war of words” between the Center and the government of Punjab over the breach of the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the top ministers of the states headed by the BJP came to accuse Congress and its government in the Punjab of a “pre-planned and well-orchestrated plot”.
At least two chief ministers, Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Biplab Kumar Deb (Tripura), alleged the involvement of “Khalistanis”, Sarma even demanding the arrest of the chief minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi for “conspiracy in sight of killing ”the Prime Minister. .
Four chief ministers, Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Sarma and Deb, said that the flyover where the Prime Minister’s convoy was blocked was “a few kilometers from the Pakistani border”, vulnerable to “drones, missiles and snipers”.
Last week, the Indian Express reported that the possibility of protesters blocking roads to disrupt the Prime Minister’s rally was raised in a series of letters written by Punjab ADGP (Law and Order) Naresh Arora, between December 31 and on January 4 (one day before the PM’s visit), to district PHCs and other field workers. Some letters, reviewed by The Indian Express, clearly warned police officials that protesters could block roads and urged them to take security measures for the prime minister’s visit to Ferozepur.
The India Today report said on Wednesday that in addition to letters from Arora, intelligence officials on the ground also informed senior officials that the protesters were likely to disrupt the prime minister’s visit to Ferozepur.