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Handiwork of organised group, suggest the team probing the recovery of explosive inside UP assembly

The probe team believes that transporting and planting the powder at such a high security zone must be a handiwork of an organised group, and not an act of a single person.

lucknow Updated: Jul 15, 2017 16:11 IST
Rohit K Singh
PETN is very high potential explosive powder and not usually available in Uttar Pradesh.
PETN is very high potential explosive powder and not usually available in Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)

The initial findings of the team probing the recovery of explosive inside UP assembly suggest that PETN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate) must have been brought from some other states where hard rock or coal mining is done.

The probe team also believes that transporting and planting the powder at such a high security zone must be a handiwork of an organised group, and not an act of a single person.

PETN is very high potential explosive powder and not usually available in Uttar Pradesh.

Read more: Another suspicious packet of powder found inside UP assembly

“PETN is available in states such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where it is used in mining of hard rock or coal,” said G Khan, joint director of state forensic science laboratory, Mahanagar.

“In UP, the explosives like ammonium nitrate and gelatin are used for the same purpose,” he claimed.

It is tough to arrange this explosive powder here as even miners do not get it easily, he said.

He said the forensic examination of the powder had confirmed it to be PETN but its purity level is not known. He said its sample is being sent to explosive unit of Agra forensic laboratory to examine the purity level.

A senior police officer said transporting PETN inside the VVIP arena of the assembly could not be done by a single person.

Read more: What is PETN, the explosive found in the Uttar Pradesh assembly?

He said the initial probe indicate that somebody would have arranged it from some other states and then it would have been secretly transported to Lucknow and handed over to a person, who had access into the assembly.

Then the explosive would have been handed over to a person who had access into the VVIP arena, he said.

“Interestingly, only legislators or assembly members, marshals and those responsible for Vidhan Sabha security and cleaning have access to such areas,” he said.