After Manesar gang-rape, industrialists, police and locals discuss safety measures

Hindustan Times | ByYashaswani Sehrawat, Gurgaon
Jun 12, 2017 11:44 PM IST

Safety and security in the industrial township is to be improved

Around two weeks after the Manesar gang-rape and murder incident, local industry owners, police, civic authorities and village panchayats met around 4pm on Monday to discuss ways to improve safety and security in the industrial township.

A meeting to discuss the measures was held at the IMT Association office in Sector 8.
A meeting to discuss the measures was held at the IMT Association office in Sector 8.

Some of the measures discussed at the meeting at the IMT Association office in Sector 8 are to be implemented immediately.

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One of the measures pertains to autorickshaws. Unregistered and unverified autos and their drivers are a major problem in Manesar. Lack of public transport compels people to take shared autos crowded with eight to 10 people.

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“We will conduct a dual verification of the autos in Manesar. We are preparing a list of all auto drivers in the area. Once that is done, every driver will be given an identity number without which they won’t be allowed to drive. They will also have to wear uniforms. Further, there will be identification of the autos and numbers will be allotted to vehicles,” said Dharamvir Singh, ACP, Manesar.

Local residents and the township’s industrialists also told the Gurgaon police commissioner and Manesar police representatives that lack of patrolling was a major concern.

As the police force is itself short of vehicles, OP Goel, assistant general manager of Haryana State Industry and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), said they will provide five cars for patrolling in Manesar.

The locals were also perturbed by the lack of functional streetlights and CCTV cameras.

“It has been decided that while the defunct streetlights will be immediately replaced with LED bulbs, CCTV cameras are to be installed at the three entry and two exit points in Manesar and at major intersections such as Maruti Chowk, Bas Gao Chowk and others,” Manoj Tyagi, president, IMT Manesar Welfare Association, said.

The change of streetlights and installation of CCTV cameras will be done by the HSIIDC once the tenders are passed.

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Further, industrialists have been asked to install CCTV cameras at the gates of all the factories in the township so that the road outside their factories is visible. They have been given a month to do so.

Other suggestions such as verification of tenants in nearby villages and workers in the area’s factories, putting up gates at the entry of every village and constructing a boundary for the township were discussed and will be acted upon later.

According to an IMT member, Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar categorically told Manesar police that he won’t tolerate drinking in public places and the police should take the matter very seriously, .

In the Manesar gang-rape case, the three men who allegedly raped the19-year-old woman and killed her daughter on May 29, were all drunk and were tenants of a nearby village.

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