PM Modi cancels Ferozepur visit after farmers block roads : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

PM Modi cancels Ferozepur visit after farmers block roads

The Prime Minister was in Punjab after 2 years to inaugurate projects worth over Rs 42,750 crore; 'security breach', says MHA



Anirudh Gupta
Ferozepur, January 5

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced to cancel his public address and return to Delhi after a "security breach" prevented him from going to Ferozepur because of a farmers’ road blockade on Sunday.

This was Modi’s first visit to the state in two years.

Modi, who landed at Bathinda’s Bhisiana Airport on Wednesday morning, was stranded on a flyover near Piareana village on Ferozepur-Moga road after a road blockade by farmers prevented him from going any farther. The prime minister had originally planned to take a chopper to Ferozepur but had to take the road route because of bad weather.

Ferozepur DIG Inderbir Singh and SSP Harmandeep Singh Hans were to receive him in Ferozepur district but 200 protestors blocked the road, sources said.

Also read: SAD (Sanyukt) chief Sukhdev Dhindsa tests positive for Covid-19 hours before PM’s Ferozepur rally

1 lakh pamphlets against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ferozepur visit

Over 5,000 security personnel to guard Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ferozepur today

To oppose PM Modi's rally, farmers from Amritsar, Tarn Taran leave for Ferozepur

Channi, Sidhu caused security threat to PM Modi, both playing in ISI hands: Chugh

As the cavalcade waited, announcements made at a nearby gurdwara brought more farmers to the site, forcing the prime minister’s SPG security team to decide to turn back fearing security risk. Sources said that the cavalcade was stuck on the flyover for nearly 15 minutes.

Modi later flew back to Delhi.

DIG Inderbir Singh claimed the farmers’ appearance took security teams by surprise.

Hours before his Punjab visit, the prime minister said in a tweet on Wednesday that he was looking forward to "being among my sisters and brothers of Punjab today".

"At a programme in Ferozepur, foundation stones for development works worth Rs 42,750 crore will be laid, which will improve the quality of life for the people," Modi said in a tweet.

Supporters wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a rally in Ferozepur on Wednesday. Tribune photo

At the rally, meanwhile, former chief minister Capt Amarinder and Bharatiya Janata Party’s state president Ashwani Sharma took the stage to accuse Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi government of engineering road blockades to prevent BJP leaders and workers from reaching the venue. This comes after BJP leaders claimed that police stopped buses with BJP workers from proceeding toward the rally.

Modi was scheduled to inaugurate development projects of over Rs 42,000, crore including 100 bedded PGI satellite centre at Ferozepur.

--- With inputs from Sukhmeet Bhasin in Bathinda


Top News

AIIMS for Bathinda, Sudarshan Setu for Dwarka: Modi unveils key projects

AIIMS for Bathinda, Sudarshan Setu for Dwarka: Modi unveils key projects

Says Congress used its power to make only one family prosper...

Asks first-time voters to turn out in record numbers in LS polls

Asks first-time voters to turn out in record numbers in LS polls

‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast paused for 3 months

INLD’s Haryana chief shot dead

INLD’s Haryana chief shot dead

Rathi’s aide also killed, 2 gunmen hurt

Net restored, barriers go in parts of Haryana

Net restored, barriers go in parts of Haryana

Barricades near Punjab border still in place


Cities

View All