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PM Narendra Modi's insecurity issue | How is the security of the Prime Minister determined?

PM Narendra Modi's insecurity issue | How is the security of the Prime Minister determined?

PM Narendra Modi's insecurity issue, How is the security of the Prime Minister determined?

PM Security Issue on 5th January at Panjab


The Prime Minister's convoy had to wait for 15-20 minutes on a flyover while on way to an event organized in Punjab on 5 January.

Due to the farmers' protest, the Prime Minister's convoy had to stop near the Firozpur district of Punjab, after which he canceled his programs and the whole matter was described as a huge lapse in the security of the Prime Minister.

Security lapse of former prime ministers of India

In the last several decades, we have seen cases of lapses in the security of Prime Ministers,

In February 1967, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was attacked with a brick during an election rally in Bhubaneswar.

On October 31, 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards.

On October 2, 1986, shots were fired during the visit of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Rajghat.

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How would the Prime Minister's security plan be arranged? | How is the security of the Prime Minister determined

Keeping in mind the incidents of earlier prime ministers, the 'Special Protection Group' (SPG) Act, 1988 was passed and the security of the prime minister was handed over to the Special Protection Group or SPG. Now if the Prime Minister does a security plan, then during any visit the Prime Minister makes a comprehensive plan for his security, in which both central agencies and state police forces are involved. The broad guidelines related to this have been laid down in the document called 'Blue Book' of the SPG.

Three days before any planned visit of the Prime Minister, the SPG maintains a mandatory Advance Security Liaison (ASL) consisting of all those involved in program security including SPG officers, Intelligence Bureau officers, State Police officers and the District Magistrate concerned.

Every minute detail of the Prime Minister's visit and necessary security arrangements are discussed between these officers. In the security meeting, attention is paid to the details of the Prime Minister's program, the traffic route, the vehicles used, the security of the venue, search of the attendees, fire safety and weather, etc.

After the security, meeting is over, the ASL report is prepared, it is signed by all the participants, based on this report all the security arrangements are made.


What if there is a sudden change in PM's plans?

To deal with such a situation, a contingency plan is always prepared in advance, for example, if the Prime Minister cannot fly to the venue due to bad weather, then an alternate plan is made in advance by road, Cleaning is done and security arrangements are made on the road.

Provides only close security to the Prime Minister, when the Prime Minister is visiting a state, it is the responsibility of the State Police to ensure overall security. In addition, the central intelligence agencies are responsible for providing inputs about any security threats; The SPG takes the final decision on how to make security arrangements for the light PM.


How are programs prepared under the protection of PM?

An SP level officer is deputed to guard the Prime Minister during public events, public meetings, rallies, and roadshows, apart from the policemen in plain clothes.

Intelligence is generally maintained at the local level during the possibility of protests and preventive action is taken against such groups. If there is a planned protest that cannot be stopped, then going on such a route is avoided.


What happened to the PM in Punjab on 5th January?

According to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, the Prime Minister had suddenly changed the plan and chose to go by road instead of air, while the Union Home Ministry says that the PM's program has been informed in advance.

According to the Home Ministry, the Prime Minister proceeded to travel by road only after the DGP of Punjab Police confirmed the necessary security arrangements. However, the Punjab Government has constituted a high-level committee to investigate the matter.


Center's response to PM's security

The central government has called this entire incident a failure of the Punjab government and the police.

The central government is contemplating taking action against the Punjab Police officers under the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act.

'Section 14' of the SPG Act makes the state government responsible for providing all assistance to the SPG during the visit of the PM.

Apart from this, the Central Government has constituted a three-member panel headed by the Secretary, Security Affairs, Cabinet Secretariat to investigate the matter.


What is the direction of the Supreme Court in the PM security case?

Because of the matter, the Supreme Court has ordered the protection of all travel records related to the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Punjab. This order was given during the hearing of a petition seeking a court-monitored inquiry into allegations of breaches in the security of the Prime Minister.

The Punjab Government has also been directed to ensure that all records and material relating to the visit of the Prime Minister to the State are immediately secured in the custody of the Registrar-General of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana. Apart from this, instructions were given to both the committees constituted by the Punjab Government and the Central Government to stop the investigation till January 10.


The security of the Prime Minister of the country is a very important matter; the lapse in the security of the PM is a serious matter. To avoid any dispute and to investigate the matter impartially, it is necessary to get the investigation done under the supervision of the court and action is necessary against the culprits.


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