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Cops Book Security Agency that Hired Killer Watchman

Police in Wadala, India have arrested the heads of an Indian private security firm after a young lawyer was killed by one of the guards providing security at her Mumbai apartment building. Sajjad Moghul killed 25-year-old Pallavi Purkayastha after attempting to rape her in her apartment where Moghul worked as a security guard. Wadala police arrested Abdul Hamid Kahn and Aslam Wazir Khan, the owners of Abdul Hamid Enterprises, the security firm that hired Moghul. The Khans have been charged under the Private Security Regulation Act for failing to perform a proper background check on Moghul and failing to register him and their other guards with the Mumbai police. The act was passed into law in 2005 in an effort to bring professional standards to India’s poorly regulated private security industry, but has only rarely been applied since then. The killing has thrust the issue of private security back into prominence in India and caused many “housing societies” to reevaluate and harden their physical security and security policies.

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