Two weeks after PETN found in UP Assembly, NIA and forensic experts still assessing scene

New Delhi: A team of NIA officials along with experts from CFSL, Chandigarh visited Friday the Uttar Pradesh Assembly hall in Lucknow where a dangerous explosive was found, an agency spokesperson said in Delhi.

File image of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow. PTI

The official said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team made a thorough assessment of the from where the suspected explosive PETN was found.

“The team was accompanied by the NIA explosive expert and the forensic experts from the CFSL, Chandigarh,” he said in a statement in Delhi.

The team had discussions with officials of the home department, the state assembly, police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Uttar Pradesh on various aspects of the alleged recovery of PETN, it said.

The NIA had registered a case on 26 July to probe the recovery of explosives in the Uttar Pradesh assembly earlier this month.

The Union home ministry had ordered the NIA to take up the case.

The ministry’s decision came after it received a report and recommendation from the Uttar Pradesh government on the recovery of PETN from the Assembly premises.

About 150 grams of PETN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate) explosive was found wrapped in a paper close to the seat of the Leader of the Opposition, Ram Govind Choudhary, in the Assembly on 12 July.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had described it as a “dangerous terror conspiracy” and recommended a probe into the incident by the NIA.

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