Gate at 'abduction' spot reopens, children's safety compromised
Gate at 'abduction' spot reopens, children's safety compromised
Mirah Zamin
Gate at 'abduction' spot reopens, children's safety compromised Some residents demanded reopening of the temporary gate
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Gate at 'abduction' spot reopens, children's safety compromised

Greater Noida: In a major turn of events, even as parents in Noida and Greater Noida are wary of the safety and security of their wards, the maintenance staff of Supertech Eco-Village-1 in Greater Noida reopened the temporary gate, where the recent infamous foiled abduction bid on an 11-year-old girl took place.

On December 3, at around 2 pm, a class 4 girl, daughter of a resident of eco-village-1, was approached by a stranger outside the smaller gate (temporary) after her school bus dropped her near the society. The man wanted the girl to come along with him but after he was not able to give the 'passcode', the brave girl ran inside the society.

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Soon the very next day ( on Wednesday), the maintenance management of the society closed the temporary gate on the request of a few residents. But on Thursday, at a meeting, some residents demanded reopening of the temporary gate for easy access to the market. 

Thereafter, the security staff, after much deliberation with a group of residents, thrown the temporary gate of the society open.

CitySpidey called up Abhinav, deputy general manager of Supertech Eco-Village-1 on phone to know about his views. But he straightaway declined to comment on the matter.

A resident of the society, on condition of anonymity, revealed that a discussion over the matter ended up in a brawl at Thursday's meet. So much so that police had to be called to control the situation. The residents dispersed only after a PCR arrived at the meet venue later in the night.

Testifying the information, a female resident of society told CitySpidey that the entire discussion on opening of the temporary gate was centred on its proximity to the market. 

She said, "People are ready to compromise on their and their children's security for a mere 100 meters." 

The distance of the market from the main gate is 100 metres more than that from the temporary gate.

Interestingly, the gate which has become a focal point of the debate, is not included in the main plan of the society and is a mere temporary arrangement, confirmed a source from Eco-Village 1.

Another resident, on the condition of anonymity, who had demanded to reopen the gate, said, “Closing the door is no solution rather security should be beefed up and we have demanded from the management to install a camera and a guard at this gate.”

He added that closing of the gate would cause grave inconvenience to the school-going children. 

Notably, the facility management of the society has also written to the Station House Officer (SHO) Bisrakh seeking his intervention. 

In the letter dated on December 5, the management informed that the temporary gate will be opened from 6 am to 9 am and 12 pm to 4 pm only for school-going children and seeks help from the SHO in maintaining the law and order situation around the society. 

Confirming the receiving of such a letter, Manoj Pathak, SHO Bisrakh, said that he would try his best to maintain the law and order in the city. 

He added that in the last ten months no case of abduction had been reported from the area and he and his team were working hard to curb any on-going criminal activity in the area.