Suspicious powder found inside UP Assembly building

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 14, 2017

Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath called a high-level meet and said that the NIA (National Investigation Agency) should be given the charge to investigate the matter.

The incident came to light when 60 grams of suspicious white powder was found in the UP Assembly during an ongoing session on Wednesday.

Noteworthy, PETN is one of the most powerful explosive materials known.

Demanding a probe into the startling incident opposition parties have alleged gross security lapse in the legislature.

The session began this week in which the new government led by Yogi Adityanath presented its first budget.

Notably, the routine security checks in the House had failed to detect the explosive. 500 gm of PETN is enough to blow the whole assembly off. "I don't rule out the possibility of a "terror conspiracy" and I want this matter be probed by the NIA to punish the culprit", said the chief minister.

"So far the government was anxious about security outside the assembly, and now this has become a more serious matter", he said and appealed to Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit to ensure police verification of the assembly staff because security of over 500 MLAs and MLCs was at stake.

Responding to the Chief Minister's request, the speaker announced various security measures and urged all members to cooperate with security personnel. It's unfortunate that the largest Assembly of the country doesn't have a QRT.

"Security guidelines must be issued and everyone must follow them".

He also said that MLA's and lawmakers should either not be allowed to carry mobile phones in the Assembly premises or should put their phone on silent as the noise breaks the gravity of discussions.

According to reports, the explosive was kept under the chair of the Opposition leader.

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