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Security Panel of Parliament to discuss on MPs' behavior
Feb 17, 2014

The use of pepper spray by expelled Congress MP L. Rajagopal even as the Telangana Bill was being introduced on February 13, plunged the House into pandemonium and led to the hospitalisation of three MPs.

Thus, Speaker Meira Kumar has directed that the Committee, headed by Deputy Speaker Karia Munda hold the meeting to consider the events.

The Committee will examine all security-related matters, including means to prevent bringing of dangerous and life- threatening material into the Chamber of the House by MPs.

The pros and cons about the various security measures that should be adopted will be considered in detail by the Committee.

The Speaker has dubbed the incident as a "blot" on India's parliamentary traditions and insisted members maintain the highest standards of decorum and uphold democratic values which have been assiduously nurtured all these six decades.

After the 2001 terror attack, Parliament's security was scaled up several times. High-security gadgets and metal detectors were installed and the most capable personnel from the police and paramilitary forces deployed to guard the building. Starting from stationery to eatables to furniture, everything is checked before being allowed in. However, MPs are exempt from frisking. There are special provisions that allow them to bypass the metal detectors and walk straight in.

But after the incident the checking of the MPs ma start.


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