Powder Found In UP Assembly Not PETN Explosive: Agra Lab

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| July 18 , 2017 , 09:15 IST

Suspicious powder found under the seat of an MLA at the Uttar Pradesh Assembly was initially reported to consist of the deadly explosive PETN, however, according to recent examinations by forensic laboratories, the white powder has no trace of PETN.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, terming the situation as 'severe' after the powder was said to include PETN, called for an NIA investigation into the matter.

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"Had there been no doubt that the substance was PETN, the samples would not have been sent to us for examination from Lucknow. The substance was found on July 12 and on July 14 was officially declared to be PETN. But in UP, Agra has the best expertise to examine explosive material," an official said.

"Even the NIA contacted us to cross-verify the results. Even if any other laboratory in the country, with an equivalent expertise... examines the substance, they will come up with the same findings. The substance found on July 12 in the state assembly was not PETN," the official added.

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To verify the results, UP officials have also sent samples to a government laboratory in Hyderabad.

Pentaerythritol trinitrate (PETN) is considered to be one of the most powerful and one of the least stable explosives. As it's made with plastic and has no smell it is difficult to detect and can pass metal detectors easily. Even bomb-sniffing dogs find difficulty in identifying it.