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Security agencies get 45 days to verify guards

Tightening the noose around security agencies, the police on Tuesday gave them a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified. Leena Dhankhar reports.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2013 01:32 IST
Leena Dhankhar

Tightening the noose around security agencies, the police on Tuesday gave them a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified.

Joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal called a meeting of all the security agencies on Tuesday and directed owners to ensure verification of the arms licence before hiring the guards.

Firms have also been told to get weapons of the guards registered in the local police station and further verification would be conducted by the police.

As there are a few security agencies registered in Gurgaon, most of the staff is supplied from neighbouring Delhi, said police.

After 45 days, police teams will launch a drive to check if the guidelines have been followed.

With the rise of gun culture and fake arms licences, Gurgaon police have decided to crack the whip and get arms licences verified by the district magistrate of the city.

Dayal has asked the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI), resident welfare associations (RWAs) and other private companies to provide a list of guards deployed with guns in their areas.

On August 20 last year, Vaanya Chaddha, 5, was shot at when a loaded double barrel gun of the colony security guard accidentally went off. The girl, a resident of B Block in Trinity Tower, DLF-5, remained hospitalised for more than 10 days. Later, the police found that the guard had a fake arms licence.

Though the police had issued notifications to security agencies after the tragic incident, no concrete action was taken by them.

As part of the new rules, a proper uniform code has also been set. Security guards in the Millennium City would now have to don uniforms only in blue, grey and brown colour. Agencies found flouting the dress code will be penalised. They will also have to carry out regular training exercises for their staff so that they can identify latest explosive devices, provide first-aid and be adept at checking documents and identity cards.

Dayal told HT, "I have issued an advisory to all members of CAPSI and have started a drive to check the arms licence and weapon too. We will not take any chances where the life of residents is involved."

"Some agencies are violating the uniform code in contravention to the PSARA Act. Strict action will be taken against them after the deadline," added Dayal.

Vishal Swara, managing director, SLV Security Services Pvt Ltd, said, "This drive would help us too as at times we cannot make out the difference between fake and original licences. The demand for armed guards is increasing in the city."