The Delhi Police have asked all five-star hotels to get the antecedents of their outsourced and casual staff verified. The Special Branch will carry out the verification.
Initial reports after the November 26 attack in Mumbai had suggested that two men employed as housekeeping staff in Taj Mahal Hotel had provided logistical support to the terrorists. The hotel administration and security agencies, however, denied the reports.
The police said the move comes in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack.
“We have asked all five-star hotels to upgrade their security measures and as a part of that, we have asked them to provide us the details of the outsourced staff and the new recruits. Once the details are submitted to us, we will pass them on to the Special Branch for verification,” said a senior police officer.
The police said the verification process did not apply to the confirmed employees and the permanent staff.
“Yes, the police have asked us to verify our casual staff and those who joined us not more than six months ago. The rule does not apply to the permanent staff and we are helping the police with all the necessary information,” said Akhil Mathur, spokesman, Le Meridien hotel.
“The employer should get their employees verified by the police,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman, Delhi Police.
“Apart from verifying their staff, we have asked them to install more baggage scanners and closed-circuit television cameras. We have also asked them to physically check hand baggage,” said the officer.
“The special branch, the intelligence wing of Delhi Police, will check the address of the employees and find out if they have any past criminal record,” said the officer.