Supreme Court committee holds Ferozepur SSP responsible for breach of PM Modi's security in Punjab [25.8.22]

The Supreme Court appointed committee to probe the reasons for the breach in PM Narendra Modi's security in Punjab in January has found that the Ferozepur SSP failed to discharge his duty.

The panel found out that the there was sufficient force available to maintain law and order and that the SSP had been informed two hours before.

"Ferozepur SSP, Avneet Hans failed to discharge his responsibility to maintain law and order or take steps to deploy forces to secure the route despite knowledge that there were large hostile groups on the route.

"He failed to do this even though sufficient force was available and even though he was informed two hours before that the Prime Minister will enter that route," the bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana and also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said on Thursday while reading from the committee's report.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will send the report of the five-member committee headed by former apex court judge Indu Malhotra to the Centre for appropriate action.

The committee has also identified some remedial measures to strengthen the safety and security of the prime minister while on tour.

On January 5, Modi's convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur after which he returned from Punjab without attending any event, including a rally.


25 Aug 2022