Police chief promises security to industrialists facing extortion threat

Small-scale industrialists, who regularly face threats from extortionists in the Pimpri-Chinchwad-Bhosari industrial belt, have been promised full support and security by City Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol.

Addressing a gathering of small-scale industrialists in Chinchwad earlier this week, Pol said if the businessmen in the industrial belt were getting extortion threats, they should immediately get in touch with the police. "If anybody is forcing you to fork out cash, it is nothing but extortion. Industrialists should not give in to such tactics. They should immediately seek police help. The police will take the necessary action. We will not spare anybody," he said.

MCCIA secretary Deepak Karandikar, Additional Police Commissioner Dr Sureshkumar Mekhla, Deputy Commissioner of Police Shahaji Umap and Assistant Commissioner of Police Sudhir Chougule were also present at the gathering on Monday.

The police chief said goons were trying to extort money from industrialists under the guise of seeking donations. "Demanding money for setting up temples, starting ambulance service or running various organisations all amount to extortion. Without harbouring any fear, industrialists should report such demands to the nearest police station," he said.

Pol said industrialists often complain about steal of scrap material from their premises, especially when the industrial units have holidays. "But it has been noticed that security guards posted at industrial units have been negligent. It is important that industrialists post proper persons to guard their premises. Also, industrialists should ensure that CCTVs are installed on their premises to ward off any untoward incident," he said, stressing that CCTVs should also be installed outside the company premises.

The police chief said industrialists should freely approach senior police officers if they encountered threats from goons or attempts made to prevent smooth functioning of their business operations. "We will take up each and every case with great alacrity," he promised.

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