New Delhi, July 18, 2017: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said that the suspicious white powder, which was found inside State Assembly was not sent to Agra forensic laboratory for analysis.
In a statement issued by the Principal Secretary of UP Home Department, said that “no sample has been sent to FSL Agra of the substance as they do not have the machines/wherewithal to conduct the requisite test.”
“Reports in sections of media that in tests conducted at FSL Agra the substance detected in UP Assembly hall is not PETN. This is to clarify that no sample (was) sent to FSL Agra of the substance as they don’t have machines/wherewithal to conduct tests,” said the state’s principal secretary (home) to media.
FSL had earlier claimed that it is the only laboratory in Uttar Pradesh that has “the best expertise to examine explosive material”.
”Two confirmatory tests are being conducted at SFSL Lucknow namely, Infrared Spectrum and Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrum, the report of which is still awaited and is likely to come by Thursday,” the statement further reads.
Earlier in the day, a report in leading media channel has said that the Agra-based forensic laboratory found no traces of any explosive in the substance and it might not have been the deadly explosive PETN.
While speaking in Assembly on July 12, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had confirmed that the white powder found inside Vidhan Sabha was an explosive, by the name of Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).
He had also demanded National Investigative Agency (NIA) probe into the matter. “I suggest that everybody present in the Assembly should be investigated by the police and that the NIA should investigate into the matter,” the CM had said.