Ludhiana Member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu decided to return an “old” bulletproof Mitsubishi Montero despite the threats faced by him from Khalistani groups hours after it was gifted by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, an Indian Express report has said. He was purportedly unhappy with the “junk, discarded model” being sent to him.
When contacted by the paper, the MP while confirming he “planned to return the SUV”, stressed he was “not scared of any threats”. When asked whether he was upset over the 2006-model vehicle, Bitta was quoted as saying by the paper, “Yes, there are some issues with the vehicle, but I do not feel the need to have any. Also, it feels suffocating while sitting inside a bulletproof vehicle. It feels like sitting in a jail. I anyway prefer to travel in my Innova. I wasn’t even using an Ambassador allotted to me as part of security. But it is true that the SUV sent to me today is very old and not in perfect working condition. So, I am planning to return it.”
The report further a source from the MP’s office as saying, “It is an old 2006-model SUV which has several issues and is not working properly. It is also not suitable for his movement in traffic-prone areas of Ludhiana and MP sir is not feeling comfortable sitting in it. The vehicle also has certain other issues like windows not opening properly. The movement is not at all smooth… It is over-used, basically. So, he has planned to send it back. Already, he travels in his Innova most of the times and a bulletproof Ambassador, which was given to him earlier, is also lying idle with us.”
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Apparently, the vehicle, which was part of the chief minister’s fleet, was spared for him, because of the recent threats.The MP has also expressed his disappointment over two gypsies that were part of his Z-category security fleet. “They are also 2001 and 2010 models which are in the extremely pathetic state,” Indian Express quoted a source as saying. In the meantime, Bitta has pointed out that he only complied with motto of Amarinder Singh’s government of removing VIP culture.