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UP Govt. has come up short on securing UP Assembly: Shivpal Yadav

ANI  |  Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

Expressing disappointment over the issue of a suspicious white powder packet found in the Assembly, the opposition said Saturday that the security set-up is somewhere lacking and needs to be looked into.

"This is a sad incident that explosives have been found in the assembly, which means security is at fault, and which should be looked into. It is the responsibility of the to look after the security of the assembly," leader Shivpal Singh Yadav told media here.

Meanwhile, a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against unknown persons today after explosive materials were found in Assembly.

The case has been registered under Unlawful (Activities) Prevention 2004, and Explosive Substances Act 1908.

Uttar Pradesh's Inspector General of the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), Aseem Arun has said the discovery of the explosive powder -- Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) - hinted the possibility of a terrorist activity.

"We will scan through the CCTV footage and will do a detailed investigation of the spot today," Aseem Arun said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for a investigative Agency (NIA) probe.

"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.

"It's unfortunate that the largest Assembly of the country doesn't have a QRT," he added.

Adityanath also said that this incident could be in connivance with a terrorist or militant group and that the security of the state and the country is paramount.

Earlier yesterday, 60 grams of suspicious white powder was found in the UP Assembly during an ongoing session, which was later sent to forensic lab for testing.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 11:32 IST