The officer-in-charge of the visitors’ room at Writers’ has been replaced for Monday’s security breach that allowed an outsider to enter the secretariat with a hammer and hit a clerk with it on being denied an appointment with the chief minister.
“The OC, Abhijit Malakar, was transferred late on Monday. Additional OC, Writers’, Manas Roy has taken his place,” an officer at Lalbazar said on Tuesday. “Malakar will not have any posting for now but he will have to report to the reserve force office at Lalbazar.”
The change, the officer pointed out, was part of a series of steps Lalbazar has planned to step up security at Writers’.
Hours after the breach was reported, a police team led by commissioner R.K. Pachnanda visited the secretariat and held a meeting to find out how Krishnagar resident Animesh Mishra could enter the high-security premises with a hammer in his jhola.
Mishra, who the police suspect is mentally unstable, entered Writers’ through gate 1A around 3.30pm. The gate is meant for those who want to visit the ground-floor receiving section of the chief minister’s office, whose security is looked after by the OC (visitors’ room).
Cops manning gate 1A can only let in visitors if they carry a written complaint to be handed over to the receiving section and after scanning their bags.
Officers said Mishra stood in a queue in the receiving section for half an hour before he could meet clerk Alok Ghosh, to whom he said he wanted to meet the chief minister.
Ghosh urged him to furnish a written complaint but Mishra insisted on meeting the chief minister. As Ghosh tried to explain to him that it was not possible for him to meet Mamata Banerjee, Mishra became agitated and hit the clerk on his head with the hammer. Ghosh had to be admitted to hospital.