Pune techie murder: Infosys undergoes security makeover after death of woman staff member

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Pune | Published: February 4, 2017 5:13:41 AM

Infosys is revamping security measures across its campuses to ensure a safer working environment for its employees.

Infosys employee, Rasila Raju, 25, was murdered by a security guard on January 29 while she was working at the Pune development centre of Infosys at the Hinjewadi IT Park. (Reuters)Infosys employee, Rasila Raju, 25, was murdered by a security guard on January 29 while she was working at the Pune development centre of Infosys at the Hinjewadi IT Park. (Reuters)

Infosys is revamping security measures across its campuses to ensure a safer working environment for its employees. “We are immediately carrying out a complete review of our security procedures by an expert third party consultant. We are also collaborating with local police across our development centers and seeking their advice on additional security measures that we can implement,” a company statement said.

Infosys employee, Rasila Raju, 25, was murdered by a security guard on January 29 while she was working at the Pune development centre of Infosys at the Hinjewadi IT Park. Rasila was strangulate to death in the company’s conference room. Police have arrested the guard, Bhaben Saikia, who is in police custody.

The security guard was working for a security agency, Terrier Security Services. The agency’s license had lapsed in November 2016 and their application for renewal was pending with the police.

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“The unfortunate incident on January 29 however is a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted and no security measure is fool proof. We are therefore taking some additional steps with immediate effect to further strengthen the security at our campuses,” the company said.

The company is re-looking at rosters, especially where single team members are required. “We are trying to ensure that no employee works alone on a shift. In unavoidable situations, we are looking at additional security (including female security guards) being deployed, as well as increasing the frequency of floor walks by security personnel,” the company statement said.

The company is considering extension of work from home facility, including laptops, in situations where remote working is feasible, increasing deployment of panic buttons across buildings as well as rapid response teams to take immediate action. Suggestions have been invited from employees to improve the safety of their work environment.

The existing security measures deployed at the campuses include a common safety helpline across all our DCs that is manned 24X7, an Infosys Emergency App that has been made available to all India locations, CCTV coverage across our campuses for surveillance on campuses, strict monitoring of entry onto campuses and a security presence at each of our buildings, mandatory background checks for vendor employees, sub-cons, housekeeping staff and rotating vendor staffs.

The company says it will encourage all employees to leave before 8:00 PM and ensure safe commute options for women employees including provisions to drop women employees back at their residence if they leave office post 8 pm.

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