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Vigil cry at assault flat

Durgapur, Dec. 17: Residents of the Durgapur flat where a general manager of Jai Balaji Industries was assaulted have decided to instal CCTV cameras and increase the number of security guards, fearing a repeat of Saturday’s attack.

The 28-member residents’ body at DRF Residency in Bidhannagar will hold a meeting in a couple of days and raise money to intensify security in the five-storey apartment.

Arun Thatoi, who was assaulted on Saturday by a group of “masked men” at the basement, preferred to stay at home today. “I did not go to the plant as I needed some rest. My family is traumatised.”

The assault has left the flat residents “shocked”.

“Incidents like this can happen any day. The assailants overpowered the unarmed guard. If we had CCTVs in our flat, Thatoi need not have come down seeing so many people waiting for him. We will explore options to instal surveillance cameras and increase the number of guards here. We can’t compromise on the security of our families. CCTV footage can also help police in investigations if such assaults happen in the future,” said Shaunak Dey, the secretary of DRF Residency Housing Society and a steel plant employee.

No arrests were made till late evening.

Altogether 28 families live in DRF Residency. Dey said the residents’ body would have to pay around Rs 30,000 for a camera and Rs 3,000 to a private guard every month.

Rohit Das, the guard who was on duty during the assault, said the number of men guarding the apartment should “immediately” be increased to at least four.

“I stopped the group of masked men seeing them walking towards the lift. They said they wanted to talk to Thatoi sir. I did not suspect any foul play and informed Thatoi sir. When he came down, they assaulted him. I could do nothing,” Das said.