A “mentally unsound” man forced his way into the Kerala House near Connaught Place on Saturday morning, but was stopped before he could get far.
Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said the state mission building was hosting Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the time when Vimal Raj – a 46-year-old resident of Alappuzha – barged in. An inspection of the man’s bag revealed the presence of a kitchen knife.
The police officer said Raj bypassed security personnel at the main gate and tried to enter the building around 9.45 am. Video footage then showed him telling a security officer on the Kerala Bhawan lawn that he had been running from pillar to post in connection with a certain case for the last one month. A group of security personnel landed at the spot and pinned Raj down, even as he insisted loudly that he had not done anything wrong.
According to police, Raj had the Tricolour pinned to his shirt.
Verma said medical records found in Raj’s possession showed him as “80% mentally unsound”. Police are in the process of admitting him to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences for examination and treatment.