Farmers who blocked the street in Punjab resulting in a hold-up of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy yesterday and inflicting a serious safety scare, say that they had no concept that he can be passing that means. Although knowledgeable by the police after they began their roadblock, they mentioned they didn’t imagine them. PM Modi, they mentioned, ought to have simply “despatched somebody and requested us to maneuver”.
“We thought the police have been attempting to take away us from the street. There’s a helipad constructed for the PM that aspect so why would he come by the street? The police have been attempting to trick us, we thought,” mentioned Baldev Zira, one of many protesters, standing on the Floor Zero on the Moga-Ferozepur freeway.
Yesterday, whereas on strategy to handle a political rally in Ferozepur, PM Modi was caught on a flyover in Punjab’s Bathinda for round 20 minutes. Then safety lapse has induced a serious political conflagration between the BJP and the state’s ruling Congress and the matter reached the Supreme Court docket as we speak. The Punjab authorities has ordered an inquiry into it.
Led by a faction the Bharatiya Kisan Union, the farmers say they have been initially on strategy to the Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner’s workplace to carry a protest. However they have been stopped by the police on account of the PM’s rally.
The farmers then blocked the street, stopping the automobiles of BJP leaders and buses carrying celebration supporters.
“We had no thought on the time that the PM shall be coming this fashion. When the police instructed us, round 20 minutes after we sat down on the street, we didn’t imagine them,” mentioned Mr Zira, who can be a member of the BKU Krantikari farmers’ union.
He added that they didn’t even know that the Prime Minister had come, was simply a number of hundred meters away and needed to flip again after discovering the street blocked.
“After we have been on our means again, round 3.30 pm, then some folks instructed us,” he mentioned. “It’s doable that even the police had no advance info, or they’d not have allowed us right here. They didn’t permit us to protest anyplace close to the rally floor,” he added.
Requested concerning the Prime Minister’s cavalcade being caught on the flyover, Mr Zira mentioned PM Modi “might have simply despatched somebody and requested us to maneuver”.
Requested concerning the security considerations therein for the Prime Minister, he mentioned that was not doable.
“This not that type of ambiance. It is a peaceable place. Not like another state. The Prime Minister drove 120-130 km until this spot,” he mentioned.
The BJP has alleged that the connivance of the state’s Congress authorities, the state police and farmers in what they referred to as endangering the Prime Minister and inserting him in “hurt’s means”.
In line with information company ANI, even PM Modi instructed the Bhatinda airport officers: “Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bhatinda airport tak zinda laut paaya (Thank your Chief Minister that I might make it alive to the Bathinda airport).”
President Ram Nath Kovind met PM Modi as we speak and obtained a first-hand account of the incident and expressed concern over the safety lapse.
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court docket will hear a petition that contends that the Punjab Chief Secretary and the Director-Basic of Police have to be held liable for the safety breach and be suspended.