150 gm of powerful explosive found under the seat of Uttar Pradesh Opposition leader inside Assembly

The white powder-like substance wrapped in a polythene bag was found under the seat of the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader on July 12 morning by the bomb disposal squad during a routine drill.

Published: 15th July 2017 12:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th July 2017 12:47 PM   |  A+A-

A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow where in a major security breach a dangerous plastic explosive was found. | PTI

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Nearly 150 gm of a powerful explosive, Pentaerythritol Trinitrate, popularly known as PENT, was found under the seat of Uttar Pradesh's leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary inside the Assembly House. 

The white powder-like substance wrapped in a polythene bag was found under the seat of the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader on July 12 morning by the bomb disposal squad during a routine drill. A forensic report on Friday confirmed that it was indeed the powerful explosive --PENT (Pentaerythritol Trinitrate).

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, “This seems to be a terror conspiracy to target the state’s legislature and it should be unraveled at any cost. The security of the state and the country is paramount.”
 
"The packet of explosives was found under the chair of the Opposition leader. It is a great cause of concern. It was 150 gm of PETN. A 500 gm of PETN is enough to blow up the whole Assembly. It seems to be a plot carried out with the assistance of an insider,” chief minister Yogi Adityanath said. 

The chief minister said it was imperative that everybody present in the Assembly should be investigated by the police and that the National Investigative Agency (NIA) take up an investigation into the incident.

The CM also appealed to the members of the House to cooperate with the routine security drill. “There should no compromise on the issue of security. It is not shameful to undergo the security check while entering the house,” he maintained and requested that the members of the Assembly desist from bringing mobile phones inside.

An FIR was lodged at the Hazratganj police station under Sections 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act  (UAPA), Section 121A and 120B the Indian Penal Count and Section 4,5 and 6 of the Explosive Substance Act.

The chief minister convened a high-level emergency meeting of senior administrative and police officials.

During the meeting,  the CM emphasized on the need for police verification of all employees deployed for various roles inside the Assembly premises.

At present, the first budget session of the newly-constituted Assembly is underway. 

The Assembly speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit said provincial armed constabulary (PAC) and Quick Response Teams (QRT) would be deployed inside the Assembly premises to ensure security. 

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