On Wednesday, a significant security breach disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha as two intruders jumped into the chamber and sprayed an unknown substance, according to Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmaker Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, causing a stir among members exiting the House.
The breach occurred on the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament, following the paying of floral tributes to those who had sacrificed their lives defending the House.
Shiv Sena lawmaker Arvind Sawant reported that a gas-like substance was dispersed, resulting in mild irritation among those present. He mentioned that the intruders remained silent and did not chant slogans. One of them allegedly retrieved a note from their shoe.
Security personnel swiftly cordoned off the Lok Sabha chamber and surrounding areas, leading to an adjournment of the House until 2 pm. The intrusion took place as the individuals jumped into the members’ area from a visitor’s gallery, with one of them deploying the unknown substance. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Dastidar confirmed the immediate apprehension of the intruders.
The disruption occurred while Khagen Murmu, Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from West Bengal’s Maldaha Uttar, was addressing the House, prompting a rush towards the Well of the Lok Sabha by the intruders.
Reports indicate that the captured intruders are undergoing interrogation. Union minister Ashwani Vaishnaw was present in the House during the breach, heightening concerns over security lapses within the parliamentary premises.