Central team visits West Bengal to assess reasons behind tent collapse during PM Modi rally

The development comes a day after the Home Ministry sought a report from the West Bengal government on the incident that occurred yesterday.

Published: 17th July 2018 04:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2018 07:16 PM   |  A+A-

The scene after a makeshift tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore district of West Bengal on Monday July 16 2018. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A day after the mishap at Prime Minister's rally in Midnapore, the Centre on Tuesday sent a Special Protection Group (SPG) team to West Bengal to probe the canopy collapse incident in which 90 people were injured.

A senior home ministry official said that the SPG team, headed by the secretary (security) in the Cabinet Secretariat, would analyse and inquire about lapses, if any, under the provisions of the SPG Act.

The official added that the SPG team would analyse and inquire about lapses, if any, under the provisions of the SPG Act. The team would also find out whether the advance security liaison was followed when the Prime Minister was present at the rally organised by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

A makeshift canopy collapsed when Prime MinisterNarendra Modi was addressing a rally. The SPG is mandated to provide proximate security to the Prime Minister of India, former Prime Ministers and members of their immediate families. It was formed in 1988.

The move to send SPG team comes a day after the Centre sought a report from the West Bengal government over the incident. According to sources, the canopy structure had weakened due to incessant rains since morning. It collapsed as a section of the audience tried to climb the canopy to have a glimpse of the Prime Minister.

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