Parliament Attack today, has become a serious national security concern. A tumultuous scene unfolded in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, leading to the detainment of four individuals by the Delhi Police on Wednesday. The chaos ensued as two unidentified persons breached security, infiltrating the chamber, while another duo protested outside the Parliament premises with colored smoke.
The Parliament Attack unfolded as the nation commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack, a grim reminder of the security vulnerabilities within the complex. The attack, perpetrated by militants from Pakistan-based outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed the lives of nine people.
Parliament Attack; A big security breach
The Lok Sabha descended into pandemonium when two unidentified individuals leaped into the House from the visitors’ gallery. Surveillance cameras captured the alarming breach, prompting swift action by the Members of Parliament (MPs) who vacated the House immediately. Reports indicated that the intruders shouted slogans and released a gas of unknown composition.
Subsequent police intervention led to the detention of the infiltrators inside the Lok Sabha, identified as Sagar Sharma, son of Shankarlal Sharma, and Manoranjan D, a 35-year-old engineer from Mysuru.
Simultaneously, outside the Parliament, authorities detained Amol Shinde, 25, and Neelam, 42, who were protesting while emitting yellowish smoke from canisters.
Narrating the chaotic sequence of events, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram recounted, “Two young men, around 20 years old, entered the House with canisters emitting yellow smoke. One of them moved towards the Speaker’s chair, shouting slogans. The nature of the smoke raised concerns about its potential toxicity.”
Expressing concerns over the security lapse, Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Dimple Yadav highlighted the lack of distinctive identification for visitors and reporters, calling for government attention to bolster security measures.
Addressing the House post-incident, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla assured that both intruders inside the House had been apprehended, along with the seizure of materials. He clarified that preliminary investigations indicated the emitted smoke was of a non-threatening nature.
In an intriguing twist, India Today accessed a visitor pass issued to one of the detainees, Sagar Sharma, in the name of BJP MP Pratap Simha.
The events have reignited discussions about parliamentary security, especially concerning the ease of access and the potential risks posed by such breaches during critical sessions of governance.