Bhubaneswar: Panic prevailed near the Odisha Assembly building on Thursday when a youth held his mother hostage at knifepoint before security personnel deployed in the area rescued her safely, police said. Also Read - Odisha: Minor Girl Kidnapped, Gangraped For 22 Days; Two Arrested

The man, said to be mentally unsound, was arrested and sent to a hospital, they added. Also Read - Pawsome! Newlywed Couple in Odisha's Bhubaneswar Feeds 500 Stray Dogs to Celebrate Their Wedding

While walking on Sachivalaya Marg near the state Assembly building, the youth suddenly brandished a knife and placed it on the throat of a woman accompanying him, from behind. Also Read - Heavy Rains Batter Andhra Pradesh, Odisha; People Shifted From Vulnerable Areas

Since the area is under thick security cover in view of the ongoing Assembly session, policemen quickly arrived on the spot and started talking to the man who was still holding the knife. He was overpowered in a while.

He was talking about activities of some politicians but his statements were not coherent, police said.

Later, the woman identified him as her son.

“A youth, with known psychiatric ailments, held her mother hostage outside the security perimeter of the state Assembly. Police Officers patiently dealt with the hostage situation & safely rescued the woman,” Commissionerate of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, said in a Twitter post.

“The concerned police officers will be suitably encouraged for patience & professionalism. The youth is being sent to the Psychiatry Department of SCB Medical College. There has been no security breach,” the tweet read.

After being rescued, the woman said her son had asked her to accompany him to a hospital for a check-up and the incident occurred all of a sudden when they were passing through the area.

Deputy Commissioner of Police U S Dash said preliminary inquiry and information obtained from the woman revealed that the youth requires immediate psychiatric treatment and steps have been taken to send him to hospital.

He said that the incident took place outside the restricted zone and police officials deployed there handled the situation with patience and care.

Senior Congress leader and MLA Suresh Routray said such a high voltage drama which unfolded right near the state Assembly, which is in session, and the secretariat showed that law and order machinery in the state has collapsed.

“It is a sign of intelligence failure,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)