The search for more explosives at the Uttar Pradesh Assembly has ended up exposing a "dirty" secret: pan masala and gutkha sachets stuffed under the cushions and spit stains below the members' seats.
State police's anti-terrorist squad has been combing the Assembly hall after the discovery of 150gm of the deadly explosive PETN under a seat last week.
"It seems that many of the lawmakers chew gutkha and pan masala during the sessions and stick the sachets under their own seat cushions' or their colleagues'. They also spit below the seats," an investigator who didn't want to be named said. Read more