ATS conducts mock drill ahead of Presidential polls
With security personnel in Uttar Pradesh getting into panic mode following the detection of PETN explosive inside the state Assembly, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh police, probing the case, conducted a mock drill, on Sunday, jointly with other security agencies to prevent any security breach at the country’s largest Assembly during tomorrow’s Presidential polls.
Meanwhile, the security personal were yet to get any clue on the motive behind the incident despite passage of over 72 hours on Sunday.
Meanwhile, UP government has formally sent an official letter to the Centre for a NIA investigation into the case. The letter for a NIA probe is attached with the copy of the FIR and other relevant documents.
The Presidential polls are to be held in the Assembly premises from 1000 to 1700 hrs tomorrow.
Inspector General of Police (IG) ATS Aseem Arun said that investigation was underway to track down the person who kept by the explosive. He said during the mock drill today, first the employees and sleuths participating in it were briefed and after that emergency call was announced. Later the officials sat for briefing to find out the lapses.
“Every agency during the mock drill has appointed their own observer to monitor the response besides outside observers were also deployed for an impartial monitoring,” Arun said.
Later, a full report was being prepared and the same will be submitted to the government for proper action on the lapses.
Arun also confirmed that SP MLA Manoj Pandey had been questioned on Saturday by the ATS sleuths and another SP MLA Anil Dohre will be questioned also.
The explosive PETN was found under the chair of SP MLA Manoj Pandey and Anil Dohre is said to be sitting beside him on July 12 last. Yesterday the ATS sleuths interrogated the officials and the employees of the assembly and recorded their statements.
“A total of 15 assembly officials and employees were questioned which includes one assistant marshal, four engineers, two security guards who were in the dog squad, one AC operator and seven fourth class employees,” the IG said.
The security personnel also checked 23 camera recordings which include 12 in the assembly premises, 6 inside the house, two at the gates of entry and exit of ruling and opposition members and three cameras of Doordarshan, who telecast the proceedings live.
Several senior police officials are involved in the investigation headed by a SP rank officer Umesh Kumar Srivastava and DSP Prabhakar Choudhury.
Arun said on the directives of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the security system in the assembly premises have been stepped up.
However, during the checking of seats inside the assembly the security personnel found several empty packets of ‘gutka’ and tobacco besides other things which had been sent for forensic test.
In the mock drill, police officers from fire services, intelligence Unit, Bomb Disposal and Detective Squad, Civil police’s security personnel for inner and outer cordon and security officials of secretariat.
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