A day after Hindustan Times reported that thefts were being reported at the newly built and heavily guarded Games Village, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit said that the athletes and delegates should lock their rooms when not around.
Several instances of petty thefts — bathroom fittings, bed-sheets, pillow covers and the like have been reported from the residential towers in the Village.
After rain and construction delay, the Delhi Government has blamed the thefts as the reason behind the delay in cleaning work at the towers.
The Village, spread over an area of 21.17 acre, has a three-tier security system with more than 3,000 security personnel deployed there.
“I would suggest to keep the rooms locked,” Dikshit told reporters on Tuesday.
The Delhi Government that had taken over the cleanliness and hygiene work last week said that the labourers were pilfering stuff from the flats meant for the delegates and athletes.
“It was found that if we handed over the keys to the labourers in advance they would start pilfering the stuff like bed sheets and pillow covers. To rule out that possibility we started giving out the keys to the staff only couple of hours before any contingent was to arrive,” said a senior government official.
Delhi Government had asked the police to secure the towers but the latter had contended that they were not security guards.
“After the issue was raised it was decided that additional force would be deployed at all the towers to plug the loopholes,” said another official who attended the meeting.
Since Monday, armed guards were put up at all the towers who were frisking and searching the labourers entering or leaving the premises.
“The thefts are the job of someone who has access to the rooms inside the Village. No outsider can commit it, the Delhi Government officials were asked to put their house in order,” said a senior police officer. No case had been registered regarding the pilferage.