PM told to give Red Fort address from within bulletproof enclosure

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Prime Minister Narendra ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi has been asked by the security agencies to give his Independence Day address from within a bulletproof enclosure at Red Fort.

Following threat perception, the Special Protection Group (SPG) made a strong pitch to national security adviser Ajit Doval in this connection.

If he follows the suggestion, it would be the first time that Modi would be allowing security agencies to hover around him.

It may be noted Modi decided to do away with the bulletproof enclosure in 2014 and 2015 while addressing the nation.

Apart from threat perception in the form of Jammu and Kashmir unrest and infiltration bids, a senior officer said that they had also seized information regarding the use of drones to breach the PM’s security. Another factor was the growing menace of ISIS-led terror attacks. The SPG and anti-terror units recently shared inputs of coordinated attacks on August 15. 

IT may be noted PMs addressing the nation from bulletproof enclosure became a tradition after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. But in 2014, Modi bucked the trend in his maiden I-Day speech.

Apart from Islamic State, al-Qaida, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami were planning to kill Modi.

This year, too, several drills have been carried out, and commandos and spotters have been deployed at various locations to keep the PM out of harm’s range.