Woman car­ries knife in­side Gu­jarat sec­re­tariat


Last week, a 35-year-old woman got into the new sec­re­tariat build­ing of Gu­jarat with a long knife in her purse. In a ma­jor se­cu­rity breach at the ` 150 crore Swarnim Sankul, the woman was able to walk up to the sec­ond se­cu­rity bar­rier.

Zu­vera Us­man Hafiz, a res­i­dent of Su­rat, got past the first cor­don of the high se­cu­rity zone with­out be­ing de­tected. Alarm bells be­gan ring­ing when Hafiz passed through the me­tal de­tec­tor at the sec­ond se­cu­rity cor­don. The guards there de­tained Hafiz as she did not have the se­cu­rity pass and be­cause she could not give sat­is­fac­tory an­swers to their queries. When the woman’s be­long­ings were checked, the po­lice­men found the knife hid­den in her hand­bag.

“The woman was not co­op­er­a­tive in the ini­tial rounds of ques­tion­ing. She re­fuses to say why she had come to the sec­re­tariat. She car­ried a knife and had eluded se­cu­rity of­fi­cials. The woman has re­vealed she bought the knife in Bharuch. That apart, she has not been forth­com­ing in her replies,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

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