A Palm civet (‘qabar bijju’) has set off a scare at the high-security Chief Minister’s Office on the fifth floor of Secretariat’s Annexe building in Lucknow.
Teams from PWD and Forest Department are on their toes for the last three days to catch the nocturnal grave digger, said to be moving around in the office for almost a week now.
The forest officials have confirmed its presence with its droppings — whose foul smell that lasts days had raised suspicion among the staff — in several rooms of the CMO.
According to sources, the PWD team has even cordoned off some rooms adjacent to the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office.
Sources said closed-circuit cameras are being used to track the movement of the animal.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life) Rupak De said the forest department had sent a team on Wednesday to find out the cause behind a foul smell on the fifth floor of the Secretariat’s annexe building. “The team found that droppings of a civet were causing a strong foul smell. The forest team is back and the maintenance staff of the secretariat would carry out the routine work there,” De said.
While PWD Superintending Engineer P K Garg, who led the search operation, said they were not carrying out any more exercise to catch the animal, the security staff on the 5th floor said, “The PWD team is camped on the floor Thursday night to catch the civet.”
Sources said the PWD teams have even put up cages at some points of the floor.