Plastic Explosive Found In Assembly, CM Calls Emergency Meet

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Lucknow: 60 grams of suspicious white powder found in UP assembly during ongoing session yesterday, sent to forensic lab for testing.  According to forensic report, PETN plastic explosive powder matched with Assembly’s white powder. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calls high level meeting over UP assembly security, after plastic explosive was found inside yesterday.

Around 60 grams of the deadly compound was detected near Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary’s seat by the dog squad during a security sweep on Wednesday, following which a forensic investigation was launched.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for a high-level emergency meeting on Friday and CCTV footage of the Assembly is being looked into. Police have arrested a man named Farhan Ahmad from Devariya who had, in a phone call to ADG of Lucknow Zone, allegedly threatened to blow up the Assembly on August 15.

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Pentaerythritol tetranitrate or PETN can easily dodge metal detectors and its colourless crystals are hard to detect in sealed containers. It is a powerful explosive, 100 gram of which is enough to blow up a car to pieces, say experts.  It also acts as a major ingredient in Semtex bombs and belongs to the same chemical family as nitroglycerin.