Security audit finds loopholes in 15 of 28 vital installations

About 50 per cent of the 28 vital installations under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police have security loopholes, according to recently carried out security audits. The superintendent of police has issued letters to authorities concerned of these installations to immediately take correctional measures.

As the local policing authority, Pune rural police is responsible to carry out the security audits of the vital installations in Pune rural jurisdiction. Sources with Pune rural police said as per the state norms, these audits have to be carried out every month by a special team headed by a police inspector.

The vital installations are categorised into three levels. The 'A' grade installations are to be guarded by the armed forces or paramilitary, while the 'B' grade installations are to be protected by the police or security agency employed by the installation authorities. Continuous surveillance is required for 'C' type installations. Pune rural jurisdiction have four under grade A and 28 under grade B, which include dams, power grids, government institutions, some temples and manufacturing units.

Pune rural superintendent of police Manojkumar Lohiya said, "In case of emergency situations, which we also call war situations, each installation is treated one grade higher."

A senior officer with Pune rural police said with number of terror-related intelligence inputs and arrests of suspected Naxal operatives from the Pirangut area, the Pune rural police have started treating the installations a grade above for the audits. In the latest monthly audit, police teams have found that out of 28 grade B installations, 15 installations have security loopholes, the officer said.

Lohiya who refused to divulge specific names of installations and incidences said, "There can be lapses such as absence of surveillance cameras or human surveillance. There can be a broken fencing or an unguarded entry or exit point. We have written to respective authorities and have asked them for corrective measures. A grade installations had no significant loopholes."

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