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NIA Takes Over Probe Into Explosive Found in UP Assembly

An NIA team visited the site late on Friday. It will scrutinise the CCTV footage to look for further clues.

Pranshu Mishra | CNN-News18

Updated:July 15, 2017, 9:50 AM IST
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NIA Takes Over Probe Into Explosive Found in UP Assembly
File image of UP Assembly.

Lucknow: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday took over the probe into the explosive found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on July 12, hours after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath raised the demand in the House.

An NIA team visited the site late on Friday. It will scrutinise the CCTV footage to look for further clues.

Sources told CNN-News18 that the probe will try to unearth why the plastic explosive identified as Pentaerythritol tetranitrate was brought into the Assembly. The investigation will also focus on whether a larger conspiracy was afoot to first smuggle the explosive into the Assembly and gradually other substances to assemble a bomb there.

Around 60 grams of the deadly compound was detected near Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary’s seat by the dog squad during a security sweep on Wednesday, following which a forensic investigation was launched.

“The National Investigation Agency (NIA) should investigate the matter. A response team to act on such threats should also be immediately put in place. It should have been done a long time ago,” the CM had said.

Police have arrested a man named Farhan Ahmad from Devariya who had, in a phone call to ADG of Lucknow Zone, allegedly threatened to blow up the Assembly on August 15.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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