Major Security Breach in Lok Sabha: Here’s What Happened

Incident Overview:

  • On December 13, 2023, during the Winter session of Parliament, a major security breach occurred in the Lok Sabha.
  • Two unidentified individuals breached the security by jumping into the Lok Sabha chamber from the visitor’s gallery.
  • Simultaneously, two other individuals were detained outside the Parliament protesting with colored smoke.
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Details of the Security Breach:

  • The two unidentified individuals who entered the Lok Sabha chamber began shouting slogans and releasing colored smoke, making Members of Parliament (MPs) panic and chaos.
  • The MPs were quickly evacuated from the house after the security breach.
  • Delhi Police detained the intruders, identified as Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D, inside the Lok Sabha chamber.
  • Two additional individuals, Amol Shinde, and Neelam, were detained for protesting outside the Parliament building with cans emitting yellowish smoke.

Eyewitness Accounts:

  • MPs Karti Chidambaram and Dimple Yadav described the incident, expressing concern about the security lapse in the Lok Sabha.
  • Chidambaram mentioned that the cans emitted yellowish smoke, and one of the intruders attempted to approach the Speaker’s chair.
  • Dimple Yadav highlighted the need for better identification measures for visitors and reporters.

Security Response:

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addressed the House, confirming the detention of the intruders and the seizure of materials.
  • Om Birla assured that the smoke was an ordinary type of smoke based on preliminary investigation.

Context:

  • The security breach coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists.
  • Nine individuals, including security personnel, lost their lives in the 2001 attack.

Speaker’s Statement:

  • Om Birla stated that both the intruders inside the Lok Sabha and outside the parliament were detained by the police.
  • He also stated that the materials used and carried by the intruder had been seized by the police.

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