On Wednesday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accused the Punjab government of jeopardising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life by urging farmer leaders to obstruct his convoy’s passage to Ferozepur.
Mr Khattar made the claim in the aftermath of a TV news channel’s sting operation on PM Modi’s security, which supposedly showed the “SHO” of the relevant Punjab police station informing the channel that he was told “to obstruct the throng and highways” and “he carried out these instructions.”
“The CID (Punjab) has also advised that an alternate route might have to be devised in the wake of poor weather circumstances,” Mr Khattar was quoted as saying in a Haryana government release.
“Instead of making any plans, the Punjab administration sent clear instructions to farmer leaders on how to obstruct the Prime Minister’s journey. They have put his life in jeopardy by doing so “In a statement, Haryana’s chief minister remarked.
Mr Khattar and the state’s Home Minister, Anil Vij, had previously chastised the Channi government over PM Modi’s security breach, citing a news channel sting in which some Punjab Police officials allegedly told the channel that they had informed their superiors about protesters blocking the route of PM Modi’s cavalcade but that no action was taken.
“During a sting operation for a national news station, it was discovered that there was a CID report warning about inclement weather, necessitating the creation of an alternative route.
Mr Khattar had earlier tweeted in Hindi, “Prime Minister Shri @narendra modi ji’s life was purposely put in risk, I strongly condemn it.”
“I strongly deplore the Prime Minister’s security being jeopardised,” he subsequently declared in a statement issued by the state administration.
In response to his earlier demand that the Channi government be dismissed and the Punjab assembly elections be held under President Rule, he said, “An SHO has revealed through a sting operation how he was ordered to stop the gathering and how he did so.