Shocking Security Breach in Parliament During Zero Hour, Questions Raises On Security Arrangements.
New Delhi, 13 December (City Times): Security Breach in Parliament: Security Breach in Parliament: On the 22nd anniversary of the terror attack on the old Parliament building, the heart of Indian democracy witnessed a shocking security breach during Zero Hour. At 1:02 pm, two individuals, both carrying smoke canisters emitting unidentified yellow smoke, jumped from the visitors’ gallery into the Lok Sabha chamber.
The dramatic scene unfolded as captured by the House’s CCTV system. One man, donned in a dark blue shirt, skillfully leaped across desks to evade capture, while the second sprayed smoke in the visitors’ gallery. Prompt intervention by MPs and security staff subdued both intruders.
Unfolding the Parliament Intrusion Drama
The Lok Sabha resumed its proceedings at 2 pm, with Speaker Om Birla addressing the incident, “We are investigating the matter and have asked Delhi Police to join the inquiry.” Both intruders, identified as Sagar Sharma and D Manoranjan, were apprehended. Shocking visuals captured moments before the chaos, with Lok Sabha officials reading to the House, suddenly interrupted by shouts of “catch him, catch him.” Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present during the breach.
Identification and Arrests: Sagar Sharma and D Manoranjan Accused Of Security Breach in Parliament
The arrested intruders carried a visitor’s pass, raising questions about security protocols. The passes indicated issuance by Pratap Simha, the BJP MP from Mysuru, Karnataka. Security measures typically involve clearing five levels before allowing entry into Parliament. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram highlighted the seriousness of the breach, expressing concern over the potentially poisonous gas emitted by the canisters. The incident occurred on a significant date, the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack.
Delhi Police later detained two more individuals, a man and a woman, outside Parliament. Amol Shinde, 25, and Neelam, 42, were found with colored pressurized canisters emitting red and yellow smoke. Visuals showed the duo shouting against dictatorship. The anti-terror unit of Delhi Police has taken over the investigation into both incidents. Questions abound about the security lapse, prompting concerns about the safety of one of the world’s largest democracies.
Political and Public Response: Outrage and Calls for Accountability on serious breach of Parliament security
The security breach sparked outrage among MPs, with Congress MP Karti Chidambaram describing it as a “serious breach of security.” He emphasized the potential danger, particularly on the significant date of the Parliament attack anniversary. Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay expressed disbelief at the security lapse, stating, “Nobody could guess their target… why were they doing this?” Concerns were raised about the poisonous nature of the gas released, adding another layer of apprehension.
The incident led to the suspension of Lok Sabha proceedings, forcing MPs to evacuate the premises. Several leaders, including Prime Minister Modi and President Droupadi Murmu, had earlier paid tribute to the victims of the 2001 Parliament attack. The breach raised questions about the efficiency of security measures in the highly sensitive parliamentary complex.
Implications and Security Challenges
The breach not only raises immediate security concerns but also underlines the broader challenges facing the Indian parliamentary complex. The symbolic nature of Parliament makes it a potential target for those seeking to disrupt democratic proceedings. As investigations unfold, authorities must address the lapses and reinforce security protocols.
The incidents of smoke-emitting canisters and intruders within the Lok Sabha chamber highlight the need for a comprehensive review of security infrastructure. The swift response by MPs and security personnel averted a potential crisis, but it underscores the urgency of preemptive measures to ensure the safety of elected representatives and the sanctity of democratic institutions.
In the aftermath of this security lapse, the focus turns to accountability and remedial actions. The investigation must delve into the motives behind the breach and evaluate existing security frameworks. As India grapples with evolving security challenges, the protection of its democratic institutions remains paramount, requiring constant vigilance and adaptability to emerging threats.