Gurgaon: MG Road pub owners told to get CCTV cameras, ensure women staffers’ safety
Gurgaon police will increase patrolling and personnel on MG Road following the recent crimes against womengurgaon Updated: Jun 22, 2017 00:03 IST
The Gurgaon police on Wednesday issued guidelines to pub/bar owners on MG Road and asked them to ensure the safety of their employees and patrons, particularly women. If they are found lacking, strict action will be taken against them, police said.
The police had called a meeting of the area’s bar owners and sought their help in ensuring safety and security on the road popularly known as the Mall Mile, particularly at night.
On their part, the police have decided to increase patrolling on the road, ensure that CCTV cameras are operational and deploy more personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) to prevent crimes.
A meeting of 40 pub owners was called by DCP (East) Deepak Saharan at his office on Wednesday in which they were asked to ensure that their CCTV cameras are functional and visitor records maintained. They were also asked to ensure that pick and drop facility is provided to their employees after dark, especially the women.
“A meeting was held with the pub owners and they were told that if any employee is found out on the street at odd hours or if women employees are not provided a drop, action would be taken against the management,” said Saharan.
Apart from that, Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said police have also increased security on the Mall Mile and deployed extra force to ensure safety. This comes after a 35-year-old woman was allegedly abducted near MG Road and gang raped in a moving car on Monday.
“The police has identified spots on MG Road and adjacent areas where untoward incidents take place. Patrolling would be increased in these areas. More personnel from the RAF, including women constables, will be deployed to address the safety concerns. Pub owners’ support has been sought as they too have an important role in keeping the Mall Mile safe,” said Khirwar.
The pub/bar owners who attended the meeting said they will comply with the advisory issued by the police as they do not want a repeat of the recent incidents.
Satya Mohanty, director, Empire Club, said, “We have been asked to ensure that women staff are not left out on the road. We have also been told that cabs should be arranged to drop any visitor who is drunk. We generally practice this, but will ensure no woman returns alone late night from the club”.
The owners have also briefed their employees and directed them to ensure there is no brawl or harassment at the pubs. They have also been asked to keep a check on any suspicious activity taking place in their premises.
“Strict guidelines are issued to us and we were directed to maintain a record of visitors and ensure that no underage drinking takes place in the club. We were also told that women employees should have proper identification cards and should be properly dressed. The police have also asked us to issue employee identity cards,” said Ashutosh Singh, manager Queens Club, Metropolitan Mall, MG Road.