A significant security breach occurred in the midst of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha.
Two men, on the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack that claimed nine lives, leaped from the gallery and threw objects that released gas.
The MPs were startled when two members leaped from the public gallery and opened canisters that released yellow smoke. Around 1:00 pm, during Zero Hour, they leaped from the fourth public gallery. Slogans like ‘tanashahi nahi chalegi’ (dictatorship will not be allowed) were yelled by the intruders.
The staff and members of the Lok Sabha defeated the intruders.
“Two young men leaped from the gallery and threw something that was emitting gas. Security personnel brought them out after they were apprehended by MPs, according to Congressman Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
A man and a woman who were using colored smoke canisters to protest outside the Parliament building were also taken into custody by security. Neelam (42), and Amol Shinde (25), are the two people who were arrested for the protest outside the Parliament, according to police officials, who also stated that additional investigation is being conducted.
Dimple Yadav, a member of the Samajwadi Party, stated: “No one who comes here, not even reporters or visitors, is carrying a tag. I believe that the government ought to take this seriously. This, in my opinion, is a major security breach. In the Lok Sabha, anything could have happened.”
“Saw two young men unleash foul smelling yellow coloured gas from canisters inside Parliament gallery” , said Gaurav Gogoi.