Punjab government told farmers to block PM's way: Manohar Lal Khattar

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Punjab government told farmers to block PM's way: Manohar Lal Khattar (Image: Twitter/ANI)
Punjab government told farmers to block PM's way: Manohar Lal Khattar (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said that Charanjit Singh Channi government of Punjab had purportedly asked farmers to block PM Narendra Modi's path.

Manohar Lal Khattar made the allegation in the wake of a sting operation of a TV news channel on the breach of the PM Modi's security, purportedly showing the "SHO" of the relevant Punjab police station telling the channel that he was asked "to block the crowd and roads" and "he carried out these instructions".

In a Haryana government statement, Mr Khattar was quoted as saying that "the CID (Punjab) had also warned that an alternate route might have to be planned in the wake of bad weather conditions".

"Far from making any arrangements, the Punjab government gave clear instructions to farmer leaders on how to block the path of the Prime Minister. By doing so, they have put his life in danger," the Haryana chief minister said in the statement.

"In the sting operation of a national news channel, it has become clear that there was a CID report warning about bad weather and therefore an arrangement for an alternative route should be made.

"Prime Minister Shri @narendra modi ji's life was deliberately put in danger, I strongly condemn it," Mr Khattar said in a tweet in Hindi earlier.

"I strongly condemn that the security of the Prime Minister had been comprised," he later said in a state government's statement.

On January 5, PM Modi's trip to Punjab was cut short after he was stranded on a flyover near Ferozepur for 20 minutes due to a blockade by protesters. After waiting for 15 minutes, the convoy decided to make a U-turn and return.

Meanwhile, Mr Channi has been claiming that PM Modi's life was never in danger at the flyover.

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