DLF, Gurgaon: Many important places in the Millenium city could be devoid of security personnel in near future as gone are the days when private security agencies were operating without license. Shaken up after the toll plaza murder, Gurgoan Police has taken a stern view on such security agencies operating here.

The police have already issued notices to atleast 20 such agencies for providing security services without any approval. They will be required to produce a license by Monday or would have to withdraw their guards on duty.

Names of many more agencies are expected to be included in the list of agencies which bypass the notification of the state government and have yet not applied for the license.

For the record, the Haryana government had set standards for the security agencies in September 2009. In a notification issued in December 2010, it had asked them to acquire license within five months, otherwise strict action will be taken against the director of the agency for violation of the Public Safety Act.

Out of the 2500 agencies being run in the country, only 50 have been issued licenses while 189 licenses are pending. In Gurgaon alone, 50 out of the 250 security agencies ruining in the city fail to meet the set norms.

The toll plaza murder was followed by notices issued on September 25 to 20 private security agencies to produce license, out of which four notices were sent by DLF police station

Station in-charge, Jagdish Prasad said, “In a meeting called on Saturday, the station in-charge instructed the security agencies to either produce license or withdraw guards. Police officials believe that most incidents take place because of frequently changing guards or their involvement in the crime.”

While people are worried as many of them have employed guards at home, security agencies are in deep trouble. An agency director said, “I had applied five months back, but still have not received the license.”

(JPN/Bureau)