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Rising crime in focus as Manesar industrialists demand CCTVs

In the latest incident of crime, armed robbers looted a Korean auto company in Manesar on Saturday

gurgaon Updated: Oct 22, 2017 22:30 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
hindustan times
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The gangrape of a 19-year-old woman on May 29 and several other incidents have led to calls for more security measures in Manesar.(Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Law and order has yet again emerged as a major concern for industry owners in Manesar following burglary in Sector 8 on Saturday. The incident triggered panic among industry owners in the area.

The daylight heist at a Korean auto company was fifth major incident of crime since May in the area, with the previous four being gangrape, one abduction and two robbery cases. These incidents have left the industry community fearing for its safety and has posed a threat to the government’s commitment to ensuring ease of doing business in the state. The commitment was made by none other than chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, IMT Manesar Industrial Association, said, “Since June, three-four incidents have taken place here in Manesar. After the gangrape case, the police and Haryana state industry and infrastructure development corporation (Hsiidc) held a meeting with industry owners and decided to install CCTV cameras at all entry exit points and also erect boundary walls. Criminals abducted a factory owner at gunpoint a week back and on Saturday miscreants looted a factory. All these incidents took place after a second police station came up in Manesar six months ago. We want CCTV cameras to be installed urgently.”

According to industry owners, CCTV was one of the key security measures proposed after a 19-year-old woman was gangraped and her infant daughter killed in Manesar on May 29. The police arrested three accused in the case.

IMT requires comprehensive security measures focusing on preventive plans and risk assessment which include strict vigilance , patrolling and active mechanism. “At the last meeting with the police, we proposed verification of employees, tenants , registration plates on auto-rickshaws as measures to boost security in the area. But sadly, nothing has been done,” Sunil Singh Panwar, an industry owner, said.

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“Every department should work as one in this direction. Otherwise, industries will have to bear an adverse impact of the deteriorating law and order situation. There are lot of other problems that industry owners here are grappling with, but security is of paramount importance. We should make all stakeholders to feel safe and secure. If the situation does not improve, we will consider shifting to Neemrana in Rajasthan or Gujarat. If will certainly not be in the best interest of the state,” Panwar said.

As discussed in a meeting earlier, the estimate for providing CCTV cameras in Sector 1, a residential area, has been approved by the local committee and tenders will be floated in the coming week. Estimates for the remaining area of IMT Manesar are under preparation and will be sent to the head office soon for approval by the competent authority, said OP Goyal, additional general manager, HSIIDC.

“Earlier, the issue was pending as residents’ associations had to consent to bearing the expenses for this additional work. Now, the estimates are being sent to the head office for final decision and administrative approval,” Goyal said.

Industry owners have also requested the HSIIDC to replace defunct streetlights in Manesar.

First Published: Oct 22, 2017 22:29 IST