Gurgaon: In the wake of Gurgaon toll plaza murder case, the police here have acted firmly against unlicensed security agencies running in the Millennium city and blacklisted as many as 55 private security agencies. The agencies have also been instructed to withdraw their 5,000 security guards immediately. 

It may be noted that the Haryana government through its notification on December 2010, had directed the private security agencies to obtain a license within five months or a judicial action would be taken against the agency Director under the Public Safety Act. Nonetheless, only eight security agencies have so far acquired the license while 50 applications are pending.

Following the police action, atleast 2500 security guards lost their jobs in the most sensitive DLF Phase –II, as these agencies did not have license.

The DLF police have also started a crusade for removal of 1000 security guards in city. The DLF Phase –I police have declared eight security agencies, Palam Vihar three, Sushant Lok two and Gurgaon Sector -56 police declared seven security agencies as unlicensed and ordered the removal of the guards. 

The exercise has put the security agencies in deep trouble for recruiting amateurs without any set norms leaving 4,000 to 5,000 guards jobless.

Some agency owners have been utilising political links but on observing the increasing crime graph, Police Commissioner SS Deswal said, “The Haryana police is capable of taking care of the law and order situation in the city. If anyone desires to hire a security guard, one should go for an authorised one. Enough time was provided to the agencies even though areas with private security are more prone to burglaries and other incidents.”

Regulations for security agencies

•    Must have a license from the state government
•    Security guard must be trained in civil defence
•    Physically capable
•    If armed, must be informed in the police station
•    Every guard must have a PF ESI account
•    Security guard must be aware of the locality
•    He must bear his name on his uniform and complete address on his identity card
•    Address of the security guard must be verified before the appointment