Parliament security breach: Two persons jump into Lok Sabha from public gallery, proceedings adjourned

One person was seen leaping over the benches of the Lok Sabha, while another was seen dangling from the public gallery spraying tear gas.


Published Dec 13, 2023 | 2:11 PMUpdatedDec 13, 2023 | 8:52 PM

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Two persons on Wednesday, 13 December, jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery, with Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury saying that they were carrying tear gas canisters.

The House, which had gathered for the Winter Session, was adjourned soon after.

One person was seen leaping over the benches of the Lok Sabha, while another was seen dangling from the public gallery spraying tear gas when Zero Hour was in progress, Chowdhury said.

The two persons, who were also allegedly sloganeering, were overpowered by the Lok Sabha members and the watch and ward staff.

The two intruders jumped from public gallery number four at around 1 pm when the Zero Hour was in progress. They also shouted slogans like “tanashahi nahi chalegi” (dictatorship will not be allowed).

BJP member Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.

The people who were arrested from inside the Parliament were identified as Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D (35) a resident of Mysuru.

They were detained under section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Security breach at Lok Sabha

“This is certainly a security breach because today we observed the death anniversary of people who sacrificed their lives in the 2001 Parliament attack,” Chowdhury said.

In a post on X, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said, “Saw two young men unleash foul-smelling yellow coloured gas from canisters inside Parliament gallery. MPs rushed to grab these men. One person was raising some slogans. This raises serious questions on another aspect of the new Parliament building- security.”

MP Danish Ali speaking of the breach said, “Two people jumped from the public gallery and there was smoke. There was chaos all around. Both of them were overpowered by security officials.”

Two held outside Parliament

A man and a woman were detained on Wednesday for protesting outside the Parliament building carrying cans that emitted a yellowish smoke, police said.

Identified as Neelam (42) from Hisar in Haryana and Amol Shinde (25) from Latur in Maharashtra, the two were detained in front of Transport Bhawan, police officials said, adding that further probe is underway.

Security has been beefed up in the area following the incident.

Terrorists of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed outfits attacked the Parliament complex on this day in 2001, killing nine people.

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(With PTI inputs)