The security agencies have found a packet of dubious powder inside the Uttar Pradesh assembly two days after discovering plastic material explosives inside the premises, an event that directed shock waves through the political establishment. The sources revealed, on Fri evening, security workers found a covered packet filled with some natural powder weighing about 50 grams throughout a check. This came up after 150 grams of the high-potential explosive Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) powder was found near to the seat of the first choice of opposition on July 12.
The covered packet was paid to the location police for even more examination. The state Anti Terror Squad (ATS) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Aseem Arun affirmed the restoration and added that the main inquiry recommended the packet covered magnesium sulphate and would be directed for the forensic examination. He said the magnesium sulphate can be used as drying out an agent for packaging material. Arun revealed that pan masala and other eatable materials are frequently tossed inside the premises and these anti-mine, anti-sabotage and bomb disposal squads were sanitizing every nook of the Vidhan Sabha premises. On July 12, the restoration of PETN powder weighing around 150 grams below the chair’s cushion in the area where legislatures take a seat during the assembly session triggered panic.
The sleuths, in the beginning, assumed the PETN was simple powder and directed it for forensic examination at the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Mahanagar, Lucknow. The alert was sounded following the forensic experts established it as a high-potential explosive on Fri. A PETN test, however, is being delivered to an explosive unit of Agra forensic science lab to check its purity level. A FIR against unidentified persons was lodged with Hazratganj police station on Fri after the restoration of explosive powder. The PETN restoration has prompted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to tighten up security and require a National Investigation Agency (NIA) search. The police think the explosives were carried into Uttar Pradesh from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh or various other states where it is used for mining. Also, they are questioning a Muslim youth from Deoria, who threatened to inflate the assembly on the Independence Day.