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Mumbai rape attempt, stabbing: Society didn’t insist on police verification for security guard

The Andheri society did not closed circuit television cameras installed on their premises, said police, adding they still have evidence against the guard

mumbai Updated: May 15, 2017 09:13 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
The security guard not only stabbed the woman twice, but tried to strangle her 85-year-old mother.
The security guard not only stabbed the woman twice, but tried to strangle her 85-year-old mother.(HT Photo)

The housing society in Andheri’s Four Bungalows, where a security guard on Thursday allegedly attempted to rape a 50-year-old woman and stabbed her for resisting, had not registered the 25-year-old temporary staff member, Raja Shebu, with the police.

Moreover, they did not have closed circuit television cameras installed on their premises, said police.

The Mumbai police, through regular campaigns, ask citizens to get the security staff to register with them. The registration includes submission of identity proof such as Aadhaar card and verification of credentials.

The Amboli police will now question the security agency that hired the accused. “We need to check if the security agency is registered and if they have a procedure to hire and conduct background checks,” said Bharat Gaikwad, senior inspector, Amboli police station.

In 2011, then deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Pratap Dighavkar started a special drive for police stations from Bandra (West) to Jogeshwari (West). The police teams had to approach housing societies to collect details of security guards.

HOW YOU CAN STAY SAFE
Make sure the watchmen in your building are qualified and experienced
Insist on your landlord checking the credentials of watchmen before they are hired
Check your house helps’ credentials before hiring them. Insist on references from their previous employers. Pass this information, along with your house helps’ photographs and fingerprints to your nearest police station
If a senior citizen staying in your building has not registered their servants with the police, convince them to do so for their safety
Do not let strangers into your apartment. Verify the visitor’s credentials thoroughly.
Install a safety door and a peephole. Look through it before opening the door. Avoid opening it to strangers if you are alone at home.
Do not keep large sums of cash or a lot of jewellery at home. Avoid discussing money transactions or important family matters while your house helps are present
Do not humiliate your help or penalise them over petty issues
Ensure your society has stringent security measures in place. Ensure they maintain a visitor’s diary and verify the details given by each visitor and asks for proof of identification. Ask the guard to consult you before letting a visitor come to your door
Have CCTV cameras installed so the society is under constant
surveillance
Tell your watchmen and security guards to make enquiries if they see a taxi or autorickshaw parked inside the compound or outside the building for a long time
Tell watchmen to inform the police if they see a vehicle is left parked inside the building for a long time and they cannot identify its owner
Inform the police about any suspicious occurences or unclaimed
objects
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
Call the police control room: 22621855, 22621983, 22625020, 22641449 or 22620111.You can also file a complaint online at https://mumbaipolice.maharashtra.gov.in/complaint.asp
Graphics: Hitesh Mathur

The data came in handy in cases where security guards fled after committing a crime.

“The practice is on. In this case, we caught the guard with the help of alert citizens. It would have been difficult to trace him if he had escaped,” said Gaikwad, adding Shebu has no criminal record.

Dighavkar, additional commissioner of south region, Mumbai, has started the practice in SoBo too.

“We have got details of security guards and watchmen in the areas under our jurisdiction,” said Manojkumar Sharma, DCP, zone 1, which covers areas from Colaba to JJ Marg.

No CCTV footage, but have evidence: Police

The Amboli police on Sunday said they have enough evidence against Raja Shebu, the 25-year-old security guard who allegedly attempted to rape and murder a 50-year-old in a housing society in Four Bungalows, Andheri, on Thursday.

Balwant Patil, inspector, Amboli police station, said, “We don’t have CCTV camera footage, but have enough evidence against the accused.”

The woman, who is in the hospital, is currently stable, officials said. Shebu will be in police custody till Wednesday.

Shebu allegedly went to the woman’s house with a cable operator. After the other man left, Shebu asked the woman for her phone number. He touched her inappropriately, bit her and stabbed her in the stomach when she started to scream, said police.