Theft in Ministry of External Affairs

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 12:26

New Delhi: Thieves have struck the Ministry
of External Affairs (MEA) adjoining Prime Minister`s Office in
the high security South Block here, decamping with the laptop
and pen drive of a senior official besides attempting to break
into two rooms.

The incident comes two months after theft of a hard disk
of a computer was reported from the Home Ministry in North
Block. In November last year, a computer was stolen from the
same room in the Home Ministry.

The fresh theft and break-in attempts came to light last
Saturday when MEA reported to police that Deputy Secretary
Amit Narang`s laptop and pen drive were found missing from his
room 235-I, police said today.

In the complaint, the MEA also said that another official
Shipra Ghosh, also a Deputy Secretary, reported that break-in
attempts were made in room number 235-G and 235-H, which were
adjacent to his office.

The South Block and North Block has round-the-clock CISF
security and access to any of the offices in the building is

A case of theft has been registered and investigators are
in the process of examining CCTV footage. Investigators said
they suspect the role of an insider in the theft.

In January this year, an Assistant in the Home Ministry`s
Hindi Department Ishwar Mahto had complained to police that
unidentified men had stolen the hard disk of his office
computer, two months after the very same machine`s monitor was

Following the theft, it was made mandatory for security
personnel manning the Home Ministry to check the baggage going
out of the building. Earlier, only the baggages being taken
inside were checked through X-Ray baggage machines.


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First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 12:26

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