Yogi Adityanath seeks NIA probe after explosive found inside UP Assembly

Isaac Cain
July 14, 2017

The same explosive was also found in two cargo planes from Yemen to the USA in October 2010.

The assembly has unanimously recommended a probe by the National Investigation Team (NIA) into the incident. 500 gm of PETN is enough to blow the whole assembly off.

Pentaerythritol Trinitrate is one of the most unsafe and powerful explosives in the world.

Add to that the fact that governments before the one led by Adityanath had also not been responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Taj Mahal, and the anger of social media users seems quite unfounded.

Terming it as a conspiracy, the Chief Minister said in the Assembly that the NIA should probe the matter.

Before the state assembly began its sitting this morning, the Chief Minister held a meeting of top officials to discuss the security breach.

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Speaking at the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Yogi Adityanath condemned the recovery of the PETN on July 12 from premises.

Notably, the routine security checks in the House had failed to detect the explosive. The packet was later judged to be explosive in nature as it was sent to forensic lab for testing.

Passes issued to former MLAs and others will also be cancelled and police verification of assembly staff will be done, he said.

PETN is relatively stable and is detonated either by heat or a shockwave. The state government has also beefed up security measures across the state, especially the areas close to where the Kanwar Yatra is in progress.

A report in The Guardianstates that PETN has increasingly become the explosive of choice for terrorist organisations across the world "because its colourless crystals are hard to detect in a sealed container."

The CM has promised protection to the devotees who are participating in this religious event.

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