India has denied reports of a security breach when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Jaffna during his Sri Lanka visit.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin, responding to a question posed to him by an Indian journalist on the alleged incident, said that newspaper reports of a security breach was fiction masquerading as fact.
“Shubhojit, every morning when I get up and open newspapers sometimes there is fiction masquerading as fact. Today I came across not one but more than one. But one of the stories that you mentioned was fiction masquerading as fact was the story you mentioned about. Let me tell all of those who were there, there was no such information available. However, if you do not believe me, videotapes are available. I think many of you who have traveled there have video because video recordings are available wherever the Prime Minister went including there. My understanding is there were at least 25 cameras there. Several of you who are here were also there. I did not see this. Nobody else saw this. Nor did the cameras capture it. But still it is being passed off as fact. My answer is, what is not true cannot be fact. This is not true,” he said.
Earlier it was reported that India was investigating an incident where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit suffered a security breach when a Sri Lankan youth broke the security cordon in Jaffna and reached a vulnerable distance to the Prime Minister as he was about to board his car after a public event last Saturday.
An Indian Express report said the Prime Minister’s Office was monitoring the probe and the RAW and the Ministries of External Affairs and Home are also part of the investigation. (Colombo Gazette)