Wake up, security guards, or be ready to face the consequences of sleeping on duty. As the city inches towards achieving the dubious tag of the crime capital of the country following incidents such as the rape of a foreign national in Bandra earlier this month, the Mumbai police has decided to deal with the issue sternly.
Security guards found sleeping on duty in areas where a crime is committed will be reported to their agencies who would be expected to take action against them. The police can merely demand that the licence of such security agencies be cancelled. “Exemplary action would be taken against security agencies who are found to be lax so that the others treat the issue seriously. In several cases, the security guards are not only negligent but also in compliance with the accused,” Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), told DNA.
The recent ATM robbery in Mahim when the guard was asleep and rape of a Spanish national in Bandra prompted the police to take matters in their own hands. In the second case, the accused managed to rob and rape the 27-year-old girl in Bandra despite the presence of two security guards. The police have now decided to start patrolling at night to keep a tab on sleeping guards.
“Whichever guard is found sleeping will be woken up. We will take down his name and details of his agency,” said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, (zone 9). He added that an officer from the Bandra police station has been appointed to conduct a probe against the two guards who were sleeping when the Spanish girl was raped.
The police are aware that the guards cannot be booked for being irresponsible or reckless while carrying out their duties. However, there is a provision in law under which the licence of their agencies can be cancelled for negligence. “We have submitted a letter to all security agencies asking them to give us details of their employees. We have also mentioned that they should take action if any security guard is found sleeping on duty,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police (zone 5).