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Thursday , July 19 , 2012
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Extra scan at Writers’

Security has been stepped up at all entry points at Writers’ following Monday’s hammer blow on a clerk in the chief minister’s office by a visitor.

“Frisking at all gates has been intensified, while an additional metal detector has been installed for visitors bound for the chief minister’s office,” a senior officer at Lalbazar said on Wednesday.

A team of senior police officers, including commissioner R.K. Pachnanda and intelligence branch director Banibrata Basu, went to Writers’ during the day and discussed security issues with Mamata Banerjee.

Sources said the meeting reviewed security threats ahead of Trinamul’s July 21 rally at Esplanade.

Officers said a second-tier of scanning had been introduced at gate 1A, through which staff as well as outsiders seeking to visit the ground-floor receiving section of Mamata’s office are let in.

Krishnagar resident Animesh Mishra, who had launched the hammer blow on the clerk, had entered Writers’ through gate 1A, opposite St. Andrew’s Church.

“Earlier, there used to be one doorframe metal detector at gate 1A. Today, another doorframe detector has been set up for those intending to visit the receiving section. A baggage scanner will soon be installed there for visitors,” said an official.

Mishra, who police said was mentally unstable, carried the hammer in his jhola. At the receiving section, he told clerk Alok Ghosh that he wanted to meet the chief minister. When Ghosh told him that he could not meet Mamata, the visitor got agitated and hit the clerk on his head with the hammer.

The security breach prompted Lalbazar to replace the officer-in-charge of the visitor’s room at Writers’, who is responsible for security in the receiving section.