Mumbai: Months after rape at quarantine unit, MBMC finally hires MSF guards

Nearly nine months after the outrageous incident in which a private guard raped a woman at a quarantine unit in Bhayandar, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has finally taken a bold move by roping in the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) to hire 250 guards for securing its headquarter and healthcare establishment’s including-hospitals, Covid care and treatments units across the twin-city.

Despite being obliged to hire fully-trained and background verified guards from the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) run-MSF, the civic administration had been showing generosity by offering contracts and illegal extensions to a private security agency for the past 12 years.

From being caught taking bribes to abusing hawkers and attacking shopkeepers, the bouncers have repeatedly been in the news -- mostly for wrong reasons. However, the heinous offence like rape at the quarantine unit in September-2020, had triggered public outrage in the twin-city, but the action was limited to a cosmetic show cause notice to the agency.

Realizing the need of a well-trained force to provide security and protection to its properties, civic chief-Dilip Dhole initiated a process to hire MSF guards. “Currently we have hired 250 guards who are not only selected by the MSF after a rigorous training imparted by serving IPS officers, but they also have limited policing powers. We will add more MSF guards in coming months.” said Dhole.

Doling out lakhs of rupees every month, the MBMC has hired a private security agency which claims to have deployed 982 guards for securing civic properties and to accompany officials during demolition and eviction drives. By deploying MSF guards, the civic body will not only get trustworthy and reliable services but will also save around 25 percent of the existing payments being given to the existing security agency, an official said. Known for their fitness and disciplined services, the MSF guards are domicile of Maharashtra and undergo refresher and reorientation courses for better performance.

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