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Refuting the media reports, that the white substance found in Uttar Pradesh Assembly was not explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate), state Principal Home Secretary on Tuesday said that the sample seized was “never sent to FSL Agra” thus nullifying anyone citing the lab in their reports.

The Principal Home Secy stated that the samples of white substance found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly were not sent to FSL Agra as they do not have machinery to conduct the tests.

“It is to clarify that no sample sent to FSL Agra of substance as they don’t have machines/wherewithal to conduct tests,” he said.

However, State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) of Lucknow, where the samples were tested, had claimed in its report on 17/July/2017 that the white substance is water insoluble. The different reagents have confirmed the presence of nitrate.

While speaking in the matter, Principal Home Secretary also stated that in the preliminary which was conducted using explosive detection kit, the substance was found to be explosive in nature.

In order to get a clearer picture, 2 confirmatory tests being conducted at SFSL Lucknow — Infrared Spectrum, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrum, he added.

The results are expected to be out on Thursady.

Some serious questions were raised at the security arrangements in Uttar Pradesh on July 14 after a 150 grammes of explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) — a white powder like substance was recovered in the while an ongoing session.

First Published | 18 July 2017 9:06 AM
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