The engineering employees of All India Radio and Doordarshan have urged PM Modi’s intervention to restore armed security for the premises, which was withdrawn last year as part of austerity measures.
During the theft, a few Prasar Bharati employees were beaten up and held at gun point while the miscreants made away with the equipment. This was the 47th instance of theft at the station. Similar instances of theft have also been reported from other transmitter stations in Bengaluru and Asansol.
It is interesting to know that the high power transmitter at Kingsway Camp is one of the main transmitters from where PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ used to be transmitted.
On 5 March, the Association of Akashvani and Doordarshan Engineering Employees had written to Union I&B minister Rajyavardhan Rathore apprising him about the security concerns and requesting that armed guards be restored at transmitter stations.
Also, following a diktat by the home ministry, DDG (security) at AIR, Lt Col Manish Asthana, had apprised heads of offices of “increased threat to AIR installations”. He also told them to “take immediate measures to ensure robust physical security, strict access control, frisking of all entrants to station and detailed check of vehicles entering/existing the station s as to ensure that the security of their respective installations is not jeopardised”.