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Sec 15A: Home to rich, powerful

The daring kidnapping of 3-year-old Anant Gupta in Noida has sent shockwaves through the city, report Tushar Srivastava/Kapil Datta.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 00:34 IST

The daring kidnapping of 3-year-old Anant Gupta from outside his house in sector 15 A, Noida, has sent shockwaves through the city.

Sector 15 A is one of the most affluent hubs of Noida and houses two former Cabinet Secretaries, a former chief secretary of UP government, four former Director Generals of Police, and a number of serving and retired bureaucrats. The Noida SSP office and the police control room are less than half-a-kilometer from the colony.

“We have hired a private security agency and there are eight guards during the day and ten during the night hours. Besides most of the houses have private security guards,” said HS Garewal, secretary, RWA. The Guptas had hired private security agency, Group 4 Securities, for their bunglow.

On Monday, the RWA met to take stock of the security situation in the colony. Munna Kumar, the general secretary of Federation of Noida RWA said, “The incident has exposed Noida Police’s claim that crime in the area is under control. Even the private security in the VIP sector was found insufficient.”

Sector 15 A RWA, spokesman, Inderjit Sial, said, “It is unfortunate that despite private security guards and police patrolling vehicles, such a daring kidnapping has taken place.”

There are around 500 plots and 250 flats in sector 15 A.

Rising crimes in Noida

In the last 43 days, Noida has witnessed 12 murders, 53 cases of theft, 45 cases of chain snatching and 15 incidents of looting.

“Police have a very uncooperative attitude,” said Sunil Gupta, president of UP Vyapar Pratinidhi Mandal.

“Anti-social elements roam at night. They drink in parking lots and in cars. They threaten shopkeepers,” said Om Prakash Miglani, president, sector 50, Central Market Shopkeepers Association.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 00:34 IST