parliament security breach: Parliament recced in monsoon and special sessions

One of the four visitors arrested for intruding into the Lok Sabha on Wednesday is believed to have recced Parliament twice, first during the monsoon session and recently during the special session of Parliament on September 18, when new Parliament building was inaugurated, initial interrogation of the suspect has revealed. He and his associates were affiliated to Bhagat Singh Fan Club, according to those who questioned him initially. The probe further revealed that the group might have links with left-wing extremist groups.

Manoranjan D, 34, hails from Karnataka and had visited the Lok Sabha in July-August on a visitor pass. Along with his associate, Sagar Sharma, who belongs to Lucknow, he was overpowered in the Lok Sabha after they jumped into the visitors’ gallery and opened gas canisters that emitted red and yellow smoke.

The other two arrested were identified as Neelam Kaur, alias Neelam Azad, 42, from Haryana and Anmol Shinde, 22, from Maharashtra. Another suspect, identified as Lalit Jha, who allegedly coordinated the intrusion from outside and made videos, managed to escape. A manhunt has been launched to nab other co-accused. The group of six stayed in Gurgaon and reached Delhi on Monday. They apparently met on social media as members of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Fan Club and planned to enter House using visitor passes.

Nirmal Azad is learnt to have been actively involved in the controversial protests of 2020 against the Narendra Modi government’s farm laws. The group wanted to emulate Bhagat Singh by entering Parliament and raised slogans against the government and unemployment. More of their associates could be identified as the probe gathers pace, officials said.

Police carried out searches at the residence of the suspects. They are likely to be booked under criminal conspiracy and Sedition. Delhi Police’s special cell may take over the probe. A security review has begun to fix the lapses and identify gaps, an official said.

Enquiry panel under CRPF DG

Later in the day, government announced an enquiry committee to look into the security breach. “On request from Lok Sabha Secretariat, MHA has ordered an enquiry… An enquiry committee has been set up under Anish Dayal Singh, DG, CRPF, with members from other security agencies and experts,” the home ministry said.

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