News Flash – 16 July 2019

National News



Cash Cans to have CCTV Cameras, Trained Security Guards to ward off Robbers


New Delhi: Vehicles involved in transporting cash from banks to ATMs will now have to install closed-circuit television cameras and hooters to guard against robbery attempts. The guards hired by the security agencies will have to undergo stringent verification and training before they are deployed on cash van duty. Almost a year after the Union ministry of home affairs issued model rules for cash transportation, Delhi government has notified its own set of guidelines for security agencies under the Delhi Private Security Agencies (Private Security to Cash Transportation Activities) Rules, 2019, to regulate transfer of cash from banks to ATMs and cash vaults. Officials said companies providing security services must be registered under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, to offer vehicles and staff to transport cash from one location to another. According to the new set of rules notified by the home department of Delhi government, the cash-transportation companies will have to use specially designed and fabricated vans to carry money with separate compartments for storing cash. Apart from installing wire-mesh on windshield and windows, which most such cash vans already have, the vehicles will also need three CCTV cameras one each on the front and the rear and one inside the cash cabin along with a system with at least five days of recording facility.



“No taxi or hired vehicle shall be used for cash-transportation activities by the private security agency,” the rules state. Cash boxes will have to be secured with chains and locks that can be opened or locked, with a combination of keys with the cash custodians and kept in separate boxes with the name of the bank clearly written on it. The vehicles will have a panic button and hooters to alert the public, a GSM-based auto-dialer and a GPS tracking system. Officials said the new rules were mandated after a spurt in robbery attempts on cash vans and vaults in the recent years. “Several prominent companies transporting cash have already made their vehicles robust and secured by installing security features. The new set of rules have now made it mandatory for all cash-transporting agencies to have security features notified by the government,” said a senior Delhi government official. The official added that the new rules were formed after taking suggestions from various stakeholders, including police, security agencies, banks and cash-handling agencies. The security men hired by these agencies will have to undergo stringent verification for criminal record and credit history.



12 more Bodies Retrieved as HP Building Collapse Toll rises to 14

TRAGIC LOSS: Rescue workers search for survivors at the building collapse site in Solan district, Himachal, on Monday.



Shimla: The death toll in Sunday’s building collapse near Kumarhatti in Solan district rose to 14 after 12 more bodies were retrieved on Monday from the debris. Two bodies had been found by Sunday night while 28 people 17 Army men and 11 civilians had been rescued. Of the dead, 13 were soldiers and one was a civilian. The collapsed structure on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road housed a dhaba and guesthouse. The structural defects in the building are being blamed for its collapse. Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, who visited the spot in the morning, said initial investigations showed that the construction was not as per specifications. A case has been registered against the building owner. A total of 42 people had been trapped when the building came down. The three-storey building, located two km from Kumarhatti town, was constructed in 2009 and another storey was added recently. The family of the building owner, Sahil Kumar, lived there as well. This is not the first time that a building has collapsed in Kumarhatti area. On August 30, 2016, a portion of a private school had caved in but luckily the students were evacuated before the building came down.

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