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Explosive in Uttar Pradesh Assembly a terror conspiracy: Yogi Adityanath

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On Friday, an explosive was found by the security personnel with the help of dog squad on 12 July in the premises of Uttar Pradesh assembly. After this major security breach, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath called for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the matter calling the explosive found in the Uttar Pradesh assembly a terror conspiracy

150 grams of white powder, wrapped in a small plastic bag, was found in the State Assembly during an ongoing session. Later, it was sent to a forensic lab which confirmed the presence of Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), which is a powerful explosive.

“The packet of the explosive was found under the chair of the Opposition’s leader. It was 150 gm of PETN. 500 gm of PETN is enough to blow the whole Assembly off. This shows the severity of the situation. I suggest that everybody present in the assembly should be investigated by the police and that the NIA should investigate into the matter,” he said.

“The bomb squad couldn’t locate the explosive in the assembly. It was later learned that it was PETN or Pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a highly fatal explosive,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that the largest assembly of the country doesn’t have a QRT,” he added.

“Everyone needs to be cautious related to security matters. Police verification needs to be done for workers in assembly,” he said adding that security guidelines must be issued and everyone must follow them. He also said that his incident could be in connivance with a terrorist or militant outfit and that the security of the state and the country is paramount.

Meanwhile, UP assembly speaker, Hridaya Narain Dixit has said provincial armed constabulary and Quick Response Teams will be deployed at assembly premises.

“There will be a Pradeshik Armed Constabulary (PAC) team at every gate of the assembly. There will also be a full body scanner at every gate. Moreover, a QRT will also be deployed,” he said.

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