ADZ (Zone) who went to review security not allowed to enter
Casually brushing aside allegations of deteriorating law and order situation in the State every since it assumed office, Adityanath Yogi’s government in Uttar Pradesh went into a tizzy after a deadly explosive was found in the State Assembly.
A rattled Chief Minister immediately asked for a NIA probe even as the State police force went into overdrive to turn up something to show. The pressure to perform and to be seen as making progress caused some hilarity as well.
The anti-terrorist squad carried out an extensive check of the State Assembly and recovered several packets of pan masala from the premises. It also found a packet with white powder – magnesium sulphate – used as drying agent in packing material. The ATS has taken the material into custody and further investigations are on.
The UP Police, in the meantime, had registered an FIR on Friday against unknown persons for the “security breach” under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 121A (conspiring to wage war). Besides, the entry has been prohibited to those who do not have the Assembly pass. Everyone entering the secretariat is being thoroughly checked.
In fact, ADG police of the Lucknow Zone who went to review security at Vidhan Sabha was not allowed in since he did not have a pass, which requires security clearance.
The exercise started after an explosive was found in the State Assembly. Found in the form of a white powder wrapped in a piece of paper, the explosive was established as PETN in forensic tests. It was discovered under the seat of the Opposition leader, but Adityanath and Zee News promptly claimed it was part of conspiracy to eliminate the ‘monk’-turned-CM. After all, it was all of 150 grams when a mere 500 grams were enough to blow up the whole building. They said London-based Kashmiri terrorists were trying to kill Yogi Adityanath.
The CM said that the NIA (National Investigation Agency) should be given charge of leading the investigation into the major security lapse. In his address at the Uttar Pradesh Assembly during the budget session, Adityanath 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.” The Chief Minister also noted a terror conspiracy and regretted the absence of a Quick Response Team (QRT) for the state. “It’s unfortunate that the largest Assembly of the country doesn’t have a QRT,” he said, reported The Indian Express.
The state police has said it has tightened the security apparatus at the UP legislature complex replete with ‘anti-sabotage’ measures. The fresh security measures come a day after the UP government recommended an NIA probe into the matter.
Following the scare, for that’s what it was, security at the State Assembly premises was beefed up. Cow vigilantes have been lying low for some time.