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Security Breach causes ruckus in Lok Sabha

The incident coincides with the 22nd anniversary of the tragic parliamentary attacks of 2001

Yellow smoke from a canister brought in Lok Sabha by two intruders on 22nd anniversary of parliamentary attacks on Dec 13, 2023 / X/@infomubashir

A major security breach was reported at the Indian parliament on December 13, 2023, as two men entered the Lok Sabha and opened canisters emitting a yellow-colored smoke during the session of the house.

According to media reports, the men were seated in the visitors’ gallery where they retrieved concealed canisters from their shoes. They then appeared to jump from desk to desk. The television screens in the House showed them moving toward the Well of the House. The well is the central space in front of the speaker’s table.

Authorities have detained both men. One of them was identified as Sagar Sharma, while the other remains unidentified. Additionally, a man named Amol from Latur, Maharashtra, and a woman named Neelam, from Hisaar, Haryana, were held outside the parliament complex, as per a report.

 

Members present in the house at the time of this breach said the men were chanting slogans like “tana shahi nahi chalegi” (dictatorship won’t be accepted). The proceedings of the house resumed after the temporary disruption, and speaker Om Birla informed the house that an investigation was underway. He also told house members that the preliminary investigation found that the smoke from the canisters was “harmless” and “not a cause of worry.”

Footage and pictures taken inside the house at the time of the attack have made it to social media platforms. One of the videos shared by a user named Vaibhav Purohit shows Members of Parliament slapping one of the intruders as smoke emanated from the canister possessed by the individual.

“The breach of security inside Lok Sabha today, that too on the anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack is a matter of grave concern. Our Parliament is one of the most well protected places in the country and this breach is absolutely unacceptable. A thorough investigation must be carried out to get to the bottom of this serious security lapse, so that such an untoward incident is never repeated again in the future,” said Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar in a post on X. 

Notably, the incident coincides with the 22nd anniversary of the tragic parliamentary attacks of 2001. Recently, Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun had threatened to attack the parliament on December 13, in response to two Indian nationals being allegedly involved in devising a plot to kill him on American soil. The assassination plot was foiled by the U.S. government who charged one of those involved with murder for hire, as per a DOJ indictment.

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