Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jul 4:
Commissionerate Police today detained a person who brandished a knife and threatened the private secretary (PS) to the special secretary of the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department with it inside the Odisha Secretariat here this afternoon.
The accused, named Sushant Kumar Nayak of Dhenkanal, has been detained and the knife he brandished to threaten Sasmita Mallick, the PS, has been seized from his possession by the police.
The incident reportedly happened inside the department while she was at work.
“This man approached me saying he wanted to meet the special secretary. I told him to write a slip. But he said he would not give a slip and insisted on meeting the special secretary. When I said this is not possible, he suddenly fished out a knife and put it on my neck,” Mallick told newsmen after the incident.
On his part, the accused denied flashing the knife.
“When I asked Sasmita madam to meet the department secretary for an official purpose, she ignored me repeatedly. But I have not shown any knife to her,” the accused said.
Sushant allegedly take recourse to the extreme step after being fed up with the delay in his appointment under the rehabilitation scheme, sources said.
“His father was an employee of the department. After his father’s death, this man wanted a job on compassionate grounds. He was angry because of this. Those present at the spot at the time of the incident said he did put the knife to the PS,” said Yakub Khan, ACP in charge of secretariat security.
Sushant was overpowered by secretariat staff and handed over to the police.
“Verification is going on regarding this case. We are interrogating Sushant about the issue he threatened her for,” said Manas Gadanaik, Inspector-in-charge of Capital police station.