Bolpur: In a major security breach, an unidentified man broke through the security cordon post the convocation ceremony at Visva Bharati. He went up on stage while PM Modi, PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee were present.
The man, dressed in a kurta and trousers, touched Modi’s feet; sought his blessings and then handed him a portrait picture of Rabindranath Tagore. Modi, however, took the picture and shook hands with this person. The man was later escorted away by the security personnel.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had left the dais by then.
Multi-layer security arrangements had been put in place in Santiniketan in view of the visit by the dignitaries, which included West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi. When contacted, officiating Visva Bharati Vice-Chancellor Sabujkali Sen told PTI “I have seen the incident, I was present on the dias then. I don’t know the person.” The police said the incident is being probed.