It has been revealed that the Kerala Police had objected to the visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to Puttingal Temple in Kollam where 109 lost lives in a fireworks mishap last Sunday.
The Director General of Police T P Senkumar told The Indian Express that he had objected to the idea of the PM and Gandhi visiting the site of the accident within hours after the incident.
“I did object to the idea of the Prime Minister visiting the region within 12 hours of the accident. I told them it would be better for the PM to visit the spot a day after the disaster,” Senkumar told the newspaper. But the state police chief revealed that the PM wanted to visit that day itself.
Narendra Modi flew down to Thiruvananthapuram at 3 pm on 10 April, within 12 hours after the tragedy. Congress Vice President followed suit.
“Anyway, once the Prime Minister decides to visit, we have no choice other than make arrangements for his security.”
“Our entire force had been working from early morning, engaged in rescue and relief work. So much work was still left, and all of them were tired because there was no provision of even drinking water. We had to make arrangements for the safety and security of Prime Minister Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too,” Senkumar said.
The police chief also said that he had explained the situation on the ground to the Special Protection Group (SPG) and suggested the PM visit the spot a day after. But the PM was insistent and wanted to be there on Sunday itself.
“Anyway, once the Prime Minister decides to visit, we have no choice other than make arrangements for his security,” Senkumar was quoted as saying.
VVIPs and politicians made a beeline to Puttingal Temple complex, where a massive blast killed 109 persons and injured over 300 on early morning on April 10. Many eyebrows had been raised against the VVIP visits that often caused an additional headache for the police and the rescue team. The hospital visits of the leaders with a big league of party men had also made things difficult for the medical team.
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