BHUBANESWAR: In a serious lapse of security, a youth managed to enter the Secretariat carrying a knife which he later used to terrorise a Personal Secretary in Urban Development Department.
Sushant Nayak, the accused, did not even possess a visitor’s entry pass but was allowed inside by the Secretariat Security. He allegedly put the knife to the neck of Sasmita Mallick, Personal Secretary to a Special Secretary-ranked officer, and threatened her of dire consequences if she did not allow him entry into the officer’s chamber.
However, he was overpowered by the staff and handed over to police. Nayak was reportedly irked with Mallick for being asked to wait before he could meet the Special Secretary.
Interestingly, the incident occurred around 12:30 pm when a review meeting on safety and security at the Secretariat was in progress.
A native of Dhenkanal, Nayak had been frequenting the Secretariat for past two months seeking employment under rehabilitation scheme after his father’s death.
“Since he did not have a visitor’s entry pass, an inquiry has been initiated against the security personnel who allowed him,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.
An assistant sub-inspector and two constables, who were guarding the gate through which Nayak entered the building may face suspension, sources said.