13 Dec 2023

Big security breach: 2 men jump into Lok Sabha from visitors' gallery, release colored gas

During the commemoration of the December 13, 2001, Parliament attack, a significant security breach occurred in Parliament. On Wednesday, two individuals leaped from visitors gallery number four into the Lok Sabha chamber around 1 pm during Zero Hour. They opened canisters emitting yellow-colored smoke, causing panic among MPs and shouting slogans against dictatorship.


2 people release colored gas outside Parliament

Simultaneously, two individuals, including a woman, released colored gas outside the Parliament while chanting similar slogans. The intruders inside the House were subdued by Lok Sabha MPs and the watch and ward staff. The proceedings were adjourned until 2 pm by Rajendra Agrawal, the BJP MP chairing the session.

The incident sparked concerns about a security breach, especially on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury emphasized the need for answers from the government, questioning the adequacy of security measures.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, in a post on X, described the incident, expressing concern about the security of the new Parliament building. The individuals involved in the protest outside Parliament were identified as Neelam (42) and Amol Shinde (25).

In 2001, terrorists from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked the Parliament complex, claiming nine lives. The Congress party demanded clarification on the "serious security breach" in Lok Sabha, raising questions about the adequacy of precautions taken.

It appeared that one person had fallen down from gallery: Karti

Party president Mallikarjun Kharge deemed the breach a significant matter. Party MP Karti Chidambaram said the Zero Hour was going on in the House and he was awaiting his turn to speak. Suddenly, it appeared that one person had fallen down from the visitors gallery, he noted. "Then we realised that it was a deliberate act of him jumping into the well. There was another person, both of them pulled out canisters which were emitting yellow smoke," he said. 

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