’I snatched it away…’: Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla on confronting man who barged into Lok Sabha

  • Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, who caught hold of the two men who jumped down the visitors' gallery into the House, narrates the incident.

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First Published13 Dec 2023, 02:14 PM IST
Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla
Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla(ANI)

In a major security breach on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack, two people on Wednesday jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery and opened canisters that emitted a yellow-coloured smoke, triggering panic among the MPs.

Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, who caught hold of the two men who jumped down the visitors' gallery into the House, narrated the incident.

Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla said, “...He had something in his hand which was emitting yellow-coloured smoke. I snatched it away and continued throwing it outside...This is a major security breach...”

BSP MP Ram Shiromani Verma said the security personnel found an Aadhaar card with a Lucknow address on one of the two intruders. Narrating the incident, he said the entire parliament was covered in smoke as one of the men opened a canister emitting yellow smoke. "All MPs beat him up and caught him and handed him to the security," he said.

"When we caught hold of one of them, he took out something from his shoe, emanating smoke. Later the second person was also caught," he said.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said the security lapse in the House is being thoroughly probed and called a meeting of MPs from all parties later in the day to address their concerns over the matter.

"Two intruders arrested from inside Parliament, two from outside; all their belongings seized," said the Lok Sabha Speaker on the security breach.

The House was adjourned soon after the incident.

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).

Outside the Parliament also, two people, including a woman, were detained for protesting using cans that released colour smoke, police said.

Narrating the LS incident, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "One person was seen leaping over the benches of the Lok Sabha while another was seen dangling from the public gallery spraying some tear gas when Zero Hour was in progress."

They were overpowered by the Lok Sabha members and the watch and ward staff.

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

"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."

The two persons, detained for the protest outside the Parliament are identified as---Neelam (42) and Amol Shinde (25), police officials said, adding that further probe is underway.

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

With Agency Inputs

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First Published:13 Dec 2023, 02:14 PM IST
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