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 controlled.
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.
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 stolen.
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.