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Big security lapse as powerful explosive found in UP Assembly; probe ordered
A couple of days after powerful explosive – Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) – in the form of white powder stored in a plastic bag was found in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday called for an investigation by the country's top anti-terror agency NIA (National Investigation Agency) in the case. The Chief Minister termed the incident as a 'terror conspiracy'.

According to sources, the explosive was recovered near the seat of leader of the opposition Ram Govind Choudhary. The chief minister has announced lots of new security measures including banning of mobile phones inside the Assembly. The CM also called a meeting of top police officials and legislative staff to discuss the security breach.

After recovering the white powder, which was 150 grams in quantity, it was sent for forensic testing which found that the powder was a plastic explosive, PTEN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate).

While addressing the lower house of the state legislature, Yogi Adityanath said, "500 grams of the substance (PETN) is enough to blow up entire Vidhan Sabha, and this was 150 grams… this can be called nothing less than a direct infiltration and now the NIA (National Investigation Agency) must probe it immediately."

However, the opposition was quick to take the opportunity to criticise the government. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he had never seen a government fail so soon after coming in to power, adding that the state's law and order situation was clearly in shambles. 

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