UP govt sticks to it's claim of PETN explosives recovered from Assembly

UP govt sticks to its claim of PETN explosives recovered from Assembly

Lucknow: Though the security agencies were yet to find any clue on the detection of explosives inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly even after a week, now controversy has emerged whether the explosive found was deadly PETN. UP government had handed over the case to the NIA while UP ATS was investigating the case but they are yet to find any breakthrough in the sensitive incident so far. However sticking to it's statement, UP government today clarified that the media reports claiming that the explosive substance recovered from the state assembly on July 12 last was not PETN was not correct . State principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar in a statement here today said that reports have been carried in some sections of media that in tests conducted at FSL Agra the substance detected in UP Assembly hall is not PETN. "It is to clarify that no sample has been sent to FSL Agra of the substance as they do not have the machines where to conduct the requisite tests, hence the media statement is wrong,"he said. Mr Kumar said the factual position is that SFSL Lucknow in its report dated July 14 last had found the substance as water insoluble, that different reagents confirm the presence of a nitrate, and lastly that the preliminary test conducted using explosive detection kit is positive for PETN. He further said two more confirmatory tests are being conducted at SFSL Lucknow namely, Infrared Spectrum and Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrum. The reports of these tests are awaited which is likely by Thursday next. Earlier media report said that some lab has said that the substance was not PETN with some even predicting it as a packet of smack recovered in the state assembly.

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