Lucknow, July 18: In what can be called as a major embarrassment for the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, it is reportedly being said that the powder found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in Lucknow on July 12 is not explosive PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate). According to a media report, sources have said that the Agra Forensic Lab has not found any traces of explosive in the powder that was recovered from under the seat at Uttar Pradesh Assembly. However, officers have said that nothing is on record as of now.
According a CNN-News18 report, the test report from Hyderabad Forensic Lab is still awaited. Earlier, the Lucknow lab had claimed that the powder recovered from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly was plastic explosive PETN.
Meanwhile, as per news agency ANI, Principal Secretary Home refuted the claims made by media and said that no sample of the substance was sent to FSL Agra as the lab does not have machines to conduct tests. “The factual position is that SFSL Lucknow in its report dated 14.7.2017 has found the substance as water insoluble. Different reagents confirm presence of a nitrate and the preliminary test conducted using explosive detection kit resulted positive for PETN.”
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Further he also said that two confirmatory tests are being conducted at SFSL Lucknow using infrared spectrum and gas chromatography, the reports of which are awaited. “The reports of the tests are likely by Thursday,” he added.
Earlier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had sought for a National Investigative Agency (NIA) probe into the matter. He had pressed for more vigilance in Uttar Pradesh, more particularly in the Assembly and rued the absence of a Quick Response Team (QRT) for the state. “The packet of the explosive was found under the chair of the Opposition’s leader. It was 150 gm of PETN. 500 gm of PETN is enough to blow the whole Assembly off. This shows the severity of the situation. I suggest that everybody present in the Assembly should be investigated by the police and that the NIA should investigate into the matter,” he said.