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24x7 guards for bloodied boulevard

Over two weeks have lapsed since senior TML Drivelines executive Brajesh Sahay was shot dead in front of his bungalow in Jamshedpur and his killers are still at large.

Not ready to risk another shocker, the management of Tata Motors — of which TML is a subsidiary — has beefed up security along Dalma Road in Nildih, Telco, where the 40-year-old was gunned down by two hired shooters on the night of February 23.

The company’s security guards are subjecting every vehicle passing through the area to random checks while drivers and passengers are being frisked for arms. Assisted by local Telco police, they are also patrolling the neighbourhood 24x7.

Tata Motors spokesman Captain P.J. Singh confirmed that their security campaign had been launched in the wake of Sahay’s murder. “We have intensified our safety mechanism in Nildih area, where many of our company executives live, with the help of police,” he said.

He added that since urban slums hemmed in the neighbourhood, it called for extra supervision. “Checking of vehicles may continue even after the murder case is cracked.”

The company’s fears are not unwarranted. Even after the CID took over investigations last month, no major breakthrough in the case has been announced.

SSP Amol V. Homkar, however, claimed “enough progress”. In the same breath, he declined to divulge details for the sake of investigations.

“We have made enough progress in the Brajesh Sahay murder case, but we are not able to disclose matters since that will hamper probe and benefit his assailants. We are pursuing the case closely,” Homkar said, adding that the statements of Sahay’s widow Sweta and a domestic help had been recorded.

Police have also scrutinised the victim’s laptop and grilled scores of TML employees facing the threat of compulsory retirement, a scheme introduced by the company under Sahay’s guidance to tide over market slump.

Will bolstering security alone be of any help?,Tell ttkhand@abpmail.com