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Register, verify antecedents of guards, Commissioner tells security agencies


rp sharma

OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Sept 20:

In the backdrop of the arrest of a security guard for the murder of businesswoman Bachan Sudha Patnaik, the Commissionerate Police on Thursday directed proprietors /owners of private security agencies to be strict and vigilant while enrolling a person as security guard in their agencies.

The directive came in the course of a meeting between the Commissionerate police and 53 security agencies – both registered and those who have applied for registration – operating in the Twin City.

“Our main aim is to ensure that the security agencies operating in the Twin City should register with us and should abide by the conditions of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act-2009,” Commissioner of Police Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma told media persons after the meeting.

“In a bid to check crime in the city, we have directed owners of private security agencies to ensure 20-day training to the person as per the Act, to have proper police verification and a thorough check of criminal antecedents of people they hire as security guards before deploying them,” said Sharma.

Most security agencies welcomed the move by the Commissionerate police.  “It is a good step. The system will begin with enrolment of security guards after police verification,” said Rajesh Panda, owner of Quantum Global services, a security services agency in IRC Village here.

Additional Commissioner of Police Santosh Bala and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack were among the officers present in the meeting.