Pune: A clerk working with the city police was taken to task for dereliction of duty as he failed to act on the renewal of licence application submitted by Terrier Security Services, the firm whose guard deployed at Infosys, murdered a woman employee in January this year.
After the murder, the police filed a case against the company for operating without a valid licence.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (headquarters II) Sheshrao Suryawanshi has stopped the increment in salary for one year of clerk Sandip Sapkal, who was then posted with the licence section.
The firm had taken a valid security licence in 2011 under the provisions of The Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005. It expired on November 29, 2016. The firm applied for renewal on October 27, 2016. Sapkal did not follow up on the application and the licence period expired.
After the murder in January this year, when it was found that the company was operating without a valid licence, a case was filed against the firm at Hinjawadi police station. On February 10, then Joint Commissioner of Police Sunil Ramanand issued a show-cause notice to the company as to why its licence should not be cancelled but the company did not reply.
Even Sapkal did not follow up on the issue and kept the matter pending. A departmental enquiry was conducted, which found him guilty of dereliction of duty.
The fear of losing his job drove security guard Bhaben Saikia to allegedly kill Infosys software engineer Rasila Raju OP on January 29 after she threatened to lodge an official complaint against him for staring at her, the police stated in a charge sheet filed with a magisterial court.
After Rasila reprimanded Saikia in the company’s office at Hinjewadi IT Park Phase-II, Saikia unauthorisedly entered the conference room of the offshore dedicated centre (ODC), where Rasila was working alone and strangled her to death with a computer LAN cable.