NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha witnessed a significant security breach when two individuals, armed with coloured smoke canisters, leaped from the visitors’ gallery and entered the chamber on Wednesday morning.
The alarming episode unfolded during the session commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the terror attack on the old Parliament building in 2001.
The CCTV footage from Lok Sabha captured the daring act, showcasing one man skillfully evading capture by leaping across desks, while the second discharged coloured smoke in the visitors’ gallery.
Quick action by Lok Sabha MPs and security personnel led to the overpowering of both intruders, averting potential chaos.
Simultaneously, two more individuals—a man and a woman—were detained outside Parliament premises, carrying similar coloured smoke canisters that exploded, emitting red and yellow smoke.
The swift response of security forces prevented any further escalation.
West Bengal BJP MP Khagen Murmu was addressing the Lok Sabha when the security breach occurred.
The proceedings, presided over by BJP member Rajendra Agrawal, were promptly adjourned until 2 pm in the wake of the security breach.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury expressed concern, highlighting the gravity of the situation, especially on a day commemorating the sacrifice of lives in the 2001 Parliament attack.
In a social media post, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi provided an eyewitness account, describing how two young men released foul-smelling yellow-coloured gas inside the Parliament gallery.
MPs acted swiftly to subdue the intruders, raising serious questions about the security arrangements in the new Parliament building.
As investigations unfold, serious concerns are arising regarding the breach’s timing, coinciding with the anniversary of the terror attack on the old Parliament building.