An unidentified man slipped through layers of security barricades and threw himself in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy in Mysuru on Saturday night.
The security breach, coming on the day of the Pathankot attack, happened minutes after Modi left the Maharaja’s college where he had addressed a public rally.
Karnataka’s director general and inspector general of police (DG and IGP) Om Prakash went on record shortly afterwards, saying the man’s intention was not to harm the Prime Minister.
A mobile phone video of the breach taken by a witness showed the convoy, which was speeding past VV Junction in the city, screeching to a halt.
SPG personnel jumped out in a flash, apprehended the man, handed him over to the local police and zoomed off in their cars. It was all over in a matter of seconds.
Security scare as a man carrying a bag ran parallel to PM's convoy in Mysuru before being detained (Amateur video) https://t.co/LxAuocgFSj— ANI (@ANI_news) January 2, 2016
Police sources told Hindustan Times the man was carrying a bag and that he has been taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. They , however, refused to reveal its contents.
Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, was at the Maharaja College grounds to participate in the centenary celebrations of the late Shivaratri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of the politically influential Suttur Math.
In his address, he lavished praise on the country’s “ rishis and munis (Hindu saints)”, saying “in a way they too are doing the work of the government”.
He said religious institutions were reducing the burden of the government by doing social work.
Earlier in the day, he visited the Sri Avadhoota Datta Peetam of Ganapati Sacchidananda Swamiji in Mysuru to inaugurate a new hospital.