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Suspended TMC MPs broke door glass in RS, injured security officer: Sources

Last updated on: August 04, 2021 19:01 IST

After six Trinamool Congress MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha for a day due to unruly behaviour, they protested outside the upper house lobby during which a door glass was broken that resulted in injury to a woman security officer, sources said on Wednesday.


IMAGE: A view of the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Photograph: RSTV grab via PTI Photo

Minutes after the Rajya Sabha Secretariat asked the six MPs to withdraw from the proceedings, they tried to enter the Rajya Sabha gallery but were stopped by security officials, sources in the secretariat said.

Thereafter, they started protesting and singing songs outside the entrance of the gallery adjacent to the Central Hall, they said.

After the House was adjourned for the day, the suspended MPs allegedly tried to enter the Rajya Sabha chamber forcefully and during that course, MP Arpita Ghosh allegedly broke the glass of the door in the lobby, which resulted in injury to the security officer, they said.

Joint security of Parliament is drafting a report on the entire incident which will be submitted to the Rajya Sabha Secretary General, the sources said.

Earlier Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu suspended the six TMC MPs for the day for carrying placards while protesting along with other opposition MPs over the Pegasus spying issue.

Slogan-shouting TMC and other opposition MPs trooped into the well of the House, some holding placards, to demand a discussion on the issue of Israeli-made, military-grade Pegasus spyware allegedly being used to snoop on opposition leaders, government critics and journalists.

Naidu took exception to the placards, which had anti-government slogans, before adjourning the proceedings of the House till 2 pm.

He, however, did not name anyone and said Rajya Sabha Secretariat will give the list.

Later a parliamentary bulletin identified the suspended MPs as Dola Sen, Md. Nadimul Haque, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Shanta Chhetri, Arpita Ghosh and Mausam Noor.

These 'members of the Rajya Sabha who entered the well of the House displayed placards, disobeyed the Chair and whose conduct was grossly disorderly in the House this morning (August 4, 2021) have been directed to withdraw immediately from the Council under rule 255 by the Chairman', it said.

The six MPs, it said, 'shall absent themselves during the remainder of the day's meeting'.

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