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Man Tries to Jump From Lok Sabha Gallery into the House, Caught

By: Saahil Menghani

Edited By: Sujit Nath


Last Updated: November 25, 2016, 13:43 IST

File photo of Parliament House.

File photo of Parliament House.

In a major security breach, a man tried to jump into the house from the Lok Sabha gallery.

New Delhi: In a major security breach, a man tried to jump into the House from the Lok Sabha gallery on Friday, triggering a commotion.

The man, identified as Rakesh Singh Bagel, was apprehended in time by security personnel. Sources said he tried to raise slogans against the government’s “anti-people” policies, but was overpowered by the security men, who whisked him away.

It was found that he had a valid pass and permission to enter the Parliament premises. His entry pass was recommended by BJP’s Bhola Singh who is an MP from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.

The unprecedented incident happened soon after the proceedings were adjourned at 1120am amid vociferous protests by the Opposition over the demonetisation issue.

Later when the House reassembled at noon, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the man tried to jump into the House and that the Parliament security personnel overpowered him. "He may be released with a warning after enquiry." Mahajan said and hoped that the House agreed with it. In response, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said they are in agreement.

Soon after mentioning about the incident at around 1240pm, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day as Opposition parties continued their protests.

Earlier, the House was adjourned for nearly 40 minutes after convening for the day.

As members started leaving, an Opposition member, who had earlier trooped into the Well, pointed out that security personnel in the visitors' gallery were grappling with a person whose right foot was hanging from the wooden railings.

Baghel was caught and lifted up by about 4-5 alert personnel. It then transpired that he had tried to jump into the Lok Sabha chamber.

He was caught and then bundled out. The other visitors were then guided out of the gallery which is right opposite the press enclosure. Had he succeeded in his attempt, he would have landed on the Treasury benches.

Delhi Police personnel in plain clothes are usually seated in the front rows of the Visitors' Gallery to prevent such incidents.

While the Speaker had left, the Prime Minister was not in the House. Senior ministers including Arun Jaitley and leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav were in the House when the incident took place.

(With PTI inputs)
first published:November 25, 2016, 12:12 IST
last updated:November 25, 2016, 13:43 IST