NEW DELHI: In a startling revelation, the audacious breach in Parliament on December 13, orchestrated by individuals from different states, unfolded as a result of meticulous planning spanning at least 18 months.
The accused, connected through a social media page named “Bhagat Singh Fan Club”, executed their plan during the Zero Hour on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack.
The perpetrators, identified as Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D, leaped from the visitors’ gallery into the Lok Sabha chamber, deploying canisters with yellow smoke.
Sharma advanced towards the Speaker’s Chair before being subdued by MPs.
Simultaneously, outside Parliament, Neelam Azad and Amol Shinde used canisters with yellow and red smoke, vocalising slogans against “dictatorship”.
The accused hailed from diverse locations – Lucknow, Mysore, Jind, and Maharashtra.
The intricate plot began taking shape around 18 months ago in Mysuru, Karnataka, during the initial meeting, where the group discussed highlighting pressing issues such as unemployment, inflation, and Manipur violence in Parliament.
A subsequent meeting, nine months ago near Chandigarh airport, coincided with farmer protests.
In July, Sharma conducted a reconnaissance of the Parliament complex, paving the way for the detailed plan’s execution on the anniversary.
The accused gathered at India Gate on December 10, where Shinde distributed canisters he had procured from Maharashtra.
Despite intending for all six members to breach Parliament, only Sharma and Manoranjan secured passes.
They entered the complex around noon on the fateful day, raising concerns about security lapses on the anniversary of the 2001 attack.
In the aftermath, Sharma, Manoranjan, Neelam, and Shinde were arrested, while Vicky Sharma and his wife were detained.
Lalit Jha, who filmed the breach and absconded with their cell phones, is currently being sought.
The accused face charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.
Interrogations are ongoing as security agencies delve into the potential breach link to previous threats against the Parliament.