Security Beefed in Vivekananda House Following Alert

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Kolkata: The security of Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house at Bidhan sarani was beefed on Tuesday following a security alert from the police brass. Ramkrishna Mission authorities in charge of maintenance did not allow visitors to enter the room where Swamiji was born.

Visitors were made to pass through door frame metal detectors.

Despite several requests from devotees, the room was kept out of bounds. “Unlike previous years, we could not allow devotees to enter the sacred room. Police had some clue about a possible disruption,” a Ramakrishna Mission monk said. The room where Swami Vivekananda was born is small compared to the courtyard of the building where the visitors were allowed under the supervision of police and mission volunteers. “It is difficult to trace troublemakers in a small room where visitors jostle for space. That is the reason why we had to act cautiously,” a mission volunteer said.

A devotee who had come from Behala was seen requesting Swami Purnatmanandaji, the monk in charge of

Vivekananda House, to let her inside the room. However, swamiji advised her to realize the gravity of the situation. Officers at Lalbazar conceded that there was a tip-off about some ‘force’ at work. “We took no chances and tightened security at the site,” an officer said.

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