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Security failed to detect gun

With Independence Day drawing close, the lax security arrangements at Sahara Mall has terrified shoppers and residents.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 00:50 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

With Independence Day drawing close, the lax security arrangements at Sahara Mall has terrified shoppers and residents.

On Saturday night, a youth not only managed to pass through the door frame metal detector (DFMD) installed at the mall's entry with a gun and give a skip to the hand-held metal detector, but also opened fire inside the mall. He later managed to flee. The police are yet to identify him.

The bullet hit the mall's third floor ceiling. However, no casualty or injury has been reported.

The youth managed to enter the mall complex during a fight between bouncers and some youngsters from neighbouring villages outside a pub in Sahara Mall on MG Road.

Bouncers attacked the customers with baseball bats and hockey sticks when they allegedly tried to enter the pub, Ignite, wearing shorts and vests.

JK Gupta, regional head of Sahara Group, said there was huge commotion when the fight broke out on the third floor of the mall. The intruder took advantage of the situation and managed to get in.

“We have all kinds of metal detectors and CCTV cameras installed at all entry and exit points. No one is allowed to enter the mall with firearms.

I am not aware of the use of any revolver in the brawl. However, there was a mob entering the mall on Saturday night when the fight broke out and some miscreants managed to get unauthorised entry into the mall,” Gupta added.

The Gurgaon police had recently called a meeting of all owners, maintenance and security agencies of malls, high-rise residential towers, offices and industrial complexes asking them to step up their internal security arrangements in the wake of Independence Day.

Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deswal said it is the responsibility of the mall managements to ensure that no one enters the complex with a firearm. “We have directed all mall authorities to make adequate arrangements for the safety and security of visitors. To check their preparedness, we keep conducting mock drills in malls. Last time too, some malls, including Sahara Mall, failed in the drill. We will take appropriate action against the mall management,” he said.

The city police conducted mock drills at Grand Mall on Sunday, while another such drill was carried out at Ansal Plaza in Palam Vihar last week.