Cassian Baliarsingh

Palpable tension prevailed in Sohela of Odisha’s Bargarh on Monday after a man was on Sunday caught allegedly snooping on a camp of Union Ministers in a BJP leader’s house. Accused of clicking pictures of the ministers, the man was caught wandering around suspiciously in the area.

According to sources, two Union Ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and Narendra Singh Tomar had visited a BJP leader’s house in Sohela on Sunday. The ministers had gathered for a get-together when the man was found to be allegedly snooping on them.

Also present at the get-together were Member of the Lok Sabha Suresh Pujari, Pratap Sarangi and Odisha BJP President Samir Mohanty.

Security officials caught the man following which he revealed that he was from Bolangir. However, the security officials suspected his behaviour and detained him for further interrogation.

However, he managed to escape even as his ID card and mobile phone fell off his pocket. Going through the details on the ID card, his name was revealed to be CID Special Branch ASI Bhojaraj Das.

Sources said, he is currently posted in Bolangir and is currently deployed in Padampur for the by-elections. He spies for the police and alerts them when there are chances of any untoward incident.

However, the question arises is why he was snooping on the Union Ministers. When caught, he revealed he had orders from above but did not reveal the people behind it.

Soon after the BJP leader lodged a complaint with Padampur police in this connection.

The incident spread outrage as BJP workers gheraoed the local police station demanding his immediate arrest and probe the reason for his alleged snooping. They also demanded the immediate arrest of the people behind it.

Speaking to OTV, former DGP Sanjeev Marik said, “In most cases of VIP’s visits, there are chances of intelligence officers spying around. They will be there in disguised form. This is a normal case. This happens during rallies, meetings and VIP gatherings.”

However, he maintained that the gathering was a private get-together and the alleged snooping was breaching of privacy.