A security guard at a shop in Adityapur on Sunday.
Picture by Bhola Prasad
Seraikela-Kharsawan district police on Sunday issued notices to all the private security agencies in Adityapur industrial area to submit the police clearance papers of all their staff.
The agencies have been given a month’s time to do the same. Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Indrajit Mahthe said they want to make sure the security personnel hired by the firms have no dubious past.
“We want to verify whether a person recruited in any agency has any criminal antecedent or not. This can be done only through the security guards’ character certificates, obtained from the respective police stations of their native places,” said Mahthe.
The move comes in view of the Rs 2.5 crore robbery in Muthoot Finance’s Adityapur branch on October 7. A security guard, wanted in nearly a dozen cases of dacoity in Bihar, had masterminded the gunpoint heist.
Srinivas Sharma (38), a native of Aurangabad district in the neighbouring state, had joined a private security agency along with his nephew Ranjit a month ago. Target Security Services, in turn, had deputed them at the finance company.
The police will further verify whether the firearms, owned by the agencies, have genuine licence or not.
“If need be, we will contact the concerned authorities, from where the licences have been issued and the arms procured,” Mahthe said.
The Seraikela-Kharsawan SP further said that the verification drive will initially be carried out in Adityapur, but will be extended later to other regions in the district.
According to Mahthe, there are 10 private security agencies operating in the industrial belt and over 2,000 guards work under them, deputed in various offices and factories.
Under the garb of one such agency, the wanted dacoit with the help of his nephew and four others had cleaned out gold worth Rs 1.25 crores along with Rs 70,000 in cash in a 15-minute operation.
The gun-toting Srinivas had himself assaulted branch manager Harilal Dayal and forced him to part with the keys to the safe.
Later, during investigation, the police came to know about Sharma’s “real occupation”. Jharkhand police has now joined the Bihar police in the hunt for Sharma.
Adityapur circle inspector K.N. Mishra said they have sent a team to Aurangabad after getting some vital clues about his whereabouts.