BHUBANESWAR: A sepoy of Special Security Battalion (SSBn) has been placed under suspension for allowing a youth, who allegedly threatened the Private Secretary (PS) of a Special Secretary-ranked officer, with a knife, enter the Secretariat here on Saturday.
The SSBn sepoy, Bijay Kumar Behera, was deployed at Gate Number-2 of the building through which the youth, Susant Nayak, managed to enter even though he did not possess a valid entry pass.
Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma had sought an inquiry report from the ACP, Secretariat Security on the incident.
The inquiry revealed that Behera did not ask the youth to produce visitor’s pass, neither was the latter frisked before being allowed to enter the Secretariat.
“We have verified the inquiry report and found that the sepoy was responsible for the security lapse as he allowed Nayak to enter the building without verifying the purpose of his visit nor did he demand the entry pass,” Dr Sharma said.
The Police Commissioner and a team of officials reviewed the security setup at different entry gates of the Secretariat on Sunday. “Secretariat’s security and surveillance would be revamped at the earliest. A report has been submitted to the Home department in this regard,” Dr Sharma said.
Nayak, a native of Dhenkanal, was a regular visitor to the Secretariat for the past two months. He had been seeking employment under rehabilitation assistance scheme after his father’s death and was reportedly irked with the senior official’s PS, after being asked to wait for a while to meet the Special Secretary.
Nayak has been detained and further investigation is on.