Man tries to break into NSA Ajit Doval's residence; detained
The Delhi Police has detained a man after he forcibly tried to enter the residence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi on Wednesday morning. Reportedly, security personnel deployed outside Doval's house stopped the person and took him into custody. The person has been identified as Shantanu Reddy from Karnataka, NDTV reported. He is now being interrogated by the Delhi Police's special cell.
During interrogation, the intruder reportedly claimed that somebody fit a chip inside his body and he is being controlled. However, the police rubbished the claim as no chip was detected in an MRI scan. "According to the primary investigation, he seems to be mentally disturbed," the police said. The police further said that he was driving a rented car.
According to News18, the man had filed multiple complaints in the past and tried to reach the NSA to follow up on them. On Wednesday morning, he tried to breach the front gate of Doval's residence, the publication reported quoting sources.
Doval is the fifth and current National Security Advisor (NSA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also given a Cabinet rank in the second term of the Modi government. Since the NSA is protected under Z-plus security, his residence is heavily guarded by the Central Industrial Security Force. Notably, Doval was on leave from work and present at home on Wednesday, News18 reported.
Known as "James Bond of India," Doval is a 1968-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. In his nearly four-decade-long career as an intelligence officer, he had played pivotal roles in dosing off insurgency in the northeast, and Jammu and Kashmir. He is considered to be the mastermind behind India's surgical strikes against Pakistan in 2016.