Massive security breaches again after months of riots in Punjab, with protesters blowing up black balloons near Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter at Vijayawada’s Gannavaram airport on Monday, NDTV.com reported.
According to the visuals, the balloons were released during the flight of Modi’s helicopter at Vijayawada. Modi is in Hyderabad to attend the BJP’s national executive meeting.
Before Modi’s arrival, around 8.30 am, the three, Sankadara Padmashree, Parvati and Kishore, were seen heading towards the airport with balloons. They were stopped.
Five minutes after Modi left, two Congress members, Rajiv Ratan and Ravi Prakash, climbed into a building under construction and flew a balloon.
Ravi Prakash has been taken into custody and Rajiv Ratan is missing. The police are looking for him.
At the airport where Prime Minister Modi’s helicopter took off, some Congress leaders were protesting. They were seen holding black balloons and placards with slogans aimed at the Prime Minister.
Earlier, Modi was stuck on a flyover in Punjab for 15-20 minutes on May 1 due to blockade by some protesters and had to return without attending a function at a martyr’s memorial.
In a scathing response, the Union Home Ministry directed the Punjab government to determine responsibility for the serious error and take strict action.
The Prime Minister could not attend the public meeting in Ferozepur, Punjab.
The Prime Minister landed at Bathinda from where he was to take a helicopter to the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Hossainiwala.
The Prime Minister was about 20 minutes waiting for the weather to clear due to rain and poor visibility.
“When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs’ Memorial by road, which would take more than two hours. He will travel by road with the necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police,” the statement said.
The matter has reached such a stage that Modi’s security breach in Punjab is being heard in the Supreme Court.