PETN explosives found in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, CM Yogi Adityanath wants NIA probe
A day after a packet containing white powder, later identified as explosives, was found inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly during the ongoing session, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said the NIA (National Investigation Agency) should be given charge of leading the investigation into the major security lapse.
Adityanath said this in his address during the session following a high-level meeting he had called in the morning to review the security situation in the Assembly.
Weighing around 150 gm, the packet was found under the seat of Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Pandey. Security officials reached the Assembly soon after and recovered the packet whose contents were then sent to a forensic laboratory for tests.
The forensic laboratory has found the powder to be a plastic explosive, PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate).
Adityanath, in his address during the session, said: "Can we allow anyone to compromise the security of 403 MLAs? This is PETN, this is a dangerous substance. It will be revealed who is behind this. Police verification should be conducted of every security personnel."
Additional security forces have been deployed on the Assembly premises. The UP Assembly session began this week in which the Adityanath-led BJP government presented its first budget.