Better security sought after Ambani chopper sabotage complaint

April 25th, 2009 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) A leading chamber has sought better security for corporate chiefs and sensitive establishments after an attempt was allegedly made to sabotage a chopper that belongs to the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group.
Most industrialists declined to comment on record over the specific issue, saying the matter was sensitive, but they maintained that lax security for corporate chiefs and industrial establishments was a matter of concern.

“This is a very unfortunate incident that has happened,” said Sajjan Jindal, president of the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and a leading industrialist himself.

“More shockingly it has happened to a leading industrialist and it shows the loopholes in our security system,” Jindal told IANS.

“Assocham condemns this incident and urges that security at such sensitive places must be looked into afresh so that such incidents do not happen in future.”

The Anil Ambani Group had alleged a conspiracy by possible business rivals to murder the company chairman after pebbles and gravel were found in the gear box of his chopper and demanded a probe into the possible sabotage.

The group also wrote a strongly-worded letter to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, even as the Mumbai police Crime Branch started investigations into the matter.

Following the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, during which two hotels were among the places targeted, the government had taken a decision, in principle, to extend security cover of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to private establishments as well.

The force currently serves public sector undertakings and select government offices.

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