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Women ‘harassed’ at shopping centre

A retired para-military officer's wife and his daughter-in-law were allegedly harassed by the security staff at a shopping complex on Saturday after their car accidently damaged a surveillance device.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2012 00:22 IST
HT Correspondent

A retired para-military officer's wife and his daughter-in-law were allegedly harassed by the security staff at a shopping complex on Saturday after their car accidently damaged a surveillance device.

The women said one of them was “held hostage” for an hour while the other was forced to fetch money from home for paying the damages. They also complained that a policeman posted at the spot refused to intervene in the matter. Both, the cops and the security staff, have denied the allegations.

According to senior citizen Veena Thakur, wife of retired CISF officer JP Thakur, the security supervisor at Hong Kong Bazaar in Sector 57 asked for Rs. 5,000 as damages after an under-vehicle mirror scanner got damaged by their car. The duo was, however, allowed to go after paying Rs. 1,500.

“When I offered to get it repaired on my own, they refused. The security manager, RK Sharma, misbehaved with us and used rough language. He also threatened us that his women staff would use muscle power if we don’t pay. He forced me to leave my daughter-in-law and bring money from home,” said Veena Thakur, a resident of Jalvayu Towers, Sector 56.

The police officer posted at the spot said he tried his best to solve the problem. “None of us misbehaved with them. I helped the women to sort out the matter,” said ASI Ajit Singh.

The security manager also denied the allegations. “They (women) are trying to make it an issue. We took Rs. 1,500 from them. If the repair cost is less than Rs. 1,500, then we will return the balance,” he said.