Chandy plays it cool after office intrusion


Staff member
Thiruvananthapuram: True to his style, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy has chosen not to take the intrusion into his office in the state capital in a serious manner.

Chandy, known to be a man of the masses, is apparently unwilling to give up his close interactions with people, in favour of increased security. The security faux pax appeared on Wednesday during the cabinet session when the chief minister's office was empty.

A mentally unstable man identified as Chella Chandra Bose managed to get inside and sit in his chair.

Some reports say that some people were able to see the intruder on their computers because the chief minister's office can be watched live via video streaming. This is part of Chandy's push for transparency.

It was only when minister K. Babu entered the chief minister's room that he saw the man sitting in Chandy's chair, and alerted the police who were standing outside the room. When Chandy rushed in, Bose is alleged to have said that he was the prime minister of the country.

Chandy later explained to media persons that he did not want to make a big issue out of it.

The man, who was found later to be from Vilappilsala in the outskirts of the city, is suspected to have sneaked into the chief minister's office on the pretext of submitting some memorandum.


Chandy's office has only minimum security arrangements in contrast to his predecessors including V.S. Achuthanandan who had uniformed policemen right outside his room and office. Chandy prefers a thinner security presence and is known to travel with only one escort vehicle.

There is some concern about how the intruder made it all the way to the chief minister's chair, even if he pretended to be one among those waiting to submit petitions to him.

Even regulars at the chief minister's office are perplexed as to how he managed to not only enter the chief minister's office complex, but make it into his room itself.