Explosive found in UP Assembly, NIA probe sought


PETN has been used in number of bombing incidents over the years, and is suspected to have been used in a bombing at Delhi High Court in 2011, which killed 17 people. The Nitrogen-based explosive is harmless until triggered by a detonator.

Under attack, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced in the Assembly that the National Investigative Agency (NIA) must probe the incident. It is a powerful explosive, 100 gram of which is enough to blow up a auto to pieces, say experts. "The security of the House is our concern".

Uttar Pradesh Assembly has unanimously chose to handover investigation of recovery of explosives in the house, to National Investigation Agency NIA. "It should have been done a long time ago", the CM said.

Aditynath urged the officials to not compromise on the security of the state and the nation, more so considering the current situation of the country.

Yogi appealed to the members not to carry bags and mobiles and allow themselves to be frisked. On Friday, minutes after the assembly session started, Adityanath said, "A unusual situation has emerged".

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The chief minister also met police and legislative staff in the presence of the speaker, Hirday Narayan Dikshit, to review the security of the assembly.

Many on social media sites also evidenced their discontent towards NYT for deeming Yogi as a "militant" Hindu warrior.

The Speaker made an announcement in this regard amid thumping of desks by Opposition members. This powerful explosive can pass through metal detectors and security check point. Frisking of the MLAs would also be done along with other persons who enter the assembly premises. The Speaker, Hriday Narain Dixit, has also cancelled all old passes being used by a few to gain entry.

The white powder spread in the seat of leader of opposition was traced by anti-sabotage team during routine checking day after budget was tabled in the house. Security guidelines must be issued and everyone must follow them: "CM Yogi Adityanath in UP assembly", ANI quoted him as saying.