Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Contrary to reports published in a section of media, the Odia CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) officer, who recently hit headlines and became an overnight sensation after stopping Bollywood actor Salman Khan at Mumbai airport for a mandatory security check-up, did not face any trouble for diligently discharging his duty. Rather he has been ‘suitably awarded’ for his work.

The CISF has clarified that the young officer, Somnath Mohanty, who asked actor Khan to follow security protocol at the Mumbai airport, has not been reprimanded. CISF DG has presented Mohanty cash award of Rs 5,000 and a citation for his ‘exemplary professionalism’.

The 'Dabbang' actor jetted off to Russia to shoot for the third installment of his Ek Tha Tiger franchise on August 20. He arrived at the Mumbai Airport to leave for abroad when the CISF officer, who is a native of Nayagarh in Odisha, firmly stopped him at the gate and asked him to join the queue to show his documents. Though Salman was seen a bit surprised, he followed the instructions of the young officer.

A video of the entire spectacle started to storm the social media in no time and fans could not stop praising the young officer for doing his duty diligently.

However, recent reports published in a section of media quoting another CISF officer suggested that the officer's phone had been confiscated to prevent him from talking to the media.

In order to clear the air, the CISF took to Twitter to respond to such news reports and wrote, "The contents of these reports are incorrect and without factual basis. In fact, the officer concerned has been suitably rewarded for exemplary professionalism in the discharge of his duty.”