Modi’s reassuring touch for unnerved chief minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 14:46 IST

The first signs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing hand-holding of the newly-appointed Haryana chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar were evident on Tuesday with the PM asking chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) in the union government RN Ravi to inspect the scene of crime at a bank which was burgled on Sunday night.

The JIC works in coordination with the National Security Council.

While on the face of it seemed like Ravi’s visit was to get a first-hand account of the Bollywoodesque burglary where the perpetrators dug a 125-foot tunnel to break into the strong room of the bank, it now emerged that an unnerved Khattar sought the PM’s help.

The CM, who is yet to effect a bureaucratic and police reshuffle, was learnt to be perturbed over the incident which took place on the night of October 26, the day he was sworn-in.

Khattar was also worried about reaction from the affected customers, many of whom were from the Punjabi community also.

A Haryana official said, “The CM also got anxious about the conspiracy theories doing the rounds and wanted to have a thorough check on the incident. Since he is new to the system and is yet to have a team of loyalists, his trust is with his mentor (Modi). Ravi, a retired Intelligence Bureau officer, visited the spot and assured the Haryana police officials of any assistance in terms of inter-state co-ordination or logistics.

After spending time in Gohana, the JIC chief also met Khattar in Chandigarh that evening. “The idea was to calm him down and assure him that he has the Centre’s support,’’ said the official.

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