An intruder at the state-of-the-art headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s top investigating agency, was held on Wednesday.
The local police filed a case on a complaint by the CBI, and the man was taken for a medical check-up on Wednesday night, said a police source.
The intruder was found loitering suspiciously on one of the floors of the 11-floor main building on Lodhi Road in central Delhi.
The man apparently eluded the vigil of at least half a dozen armed security personnel of a central paramilitary force and a few agency personnel who man the entrance and enforce strict access control to the headquarter building, said a CBI source.
“It’s a shocking incident, enquiries are being made how the lapse occurred, and responsibility will be fixed for it. His exact motive, if any, is being ascertained by the police,” said the source.
Another source said, “There was a lapse. Those at the entrance thought he was an authorised sweeper.”
The headquarter building is dotted with dozens of closed-circuit television cameras to monitor any suspicious activity.
A CBI spokesperson said, “It is not a security breach, though a man did gain unauthorised entry into the CBI headquarters on Wednesday morning from the main entrance. His presence was detected inside the main building promptly. He looked a bit disoriented. He was handed over to the police team that came over here on our complaint.”
The Rs 186-crore worth CBI headquarters, incidentally, is adjacent to the high-security headquarters of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) - India’s external intelligence agency. The neighbourhood houses the headquarters of central paramilitary organisations and central ministries’ offices as well.
Barring CBI officials, all other visitors, including media persons, have to show identity proofs, get frisked and record details in a register to enter.