While employees at all offices in the city rushed out of their buildings during the tremors on Monday afternoon, security guards stayed put.
The guards helped all workers come out of the buildings, but themselves stayed back to ensure that the offices were safe.
“Our team made sure that all people from the office were evacuated. Most of us did not leave the buildings to ensure that the offices are safe,” said Ramji, a security guard at an MNC in the city.
The security guards said they could not have locked the offices or buildings as they did not have the keys.
Also, not all people had left the complexes, so it was important for them to be present there to act immediately in case of any mishap, they said.
The situation was no different at residential societies in the city.
Jaideep Thakur, a security guard at a post condominium, said, “Some families did not leave their houses. We cannot leave till the entire building is vacant. I know it puts our lives at risk, but this is our job.”
Residents of high-rises were all praise for the guards.
They acted as heroes and helped people, said some residents. They not only evacuated people but also ensured that offices and homes are safe, people said.
“We asked our security guard to come out of the building with us, but he refused. He said that the office is not locked and so he will stay there,” said Harshita Pande, an employee at a multi-national company, in Gurgaon.
TC Rao, head of Skylark Securitas Private Limited, said, “Guards are trained to handle difficult situations. They were doing their job. However, they are also told to keep their safety in mind.”