On 1st Dec’10 my friends and I had a torturing and humiliating experience with Magarpatta Security force who are supposed to comfort local residents. I am writing this with a great disappointment as I used to believe magarpatta city as one of the nicest thing has happened to India and used to trust on its administration. But my friends’ and mine faith was shattered on the evening of that day.
My friends and I were jogging in Gravillia when we were stopped by two security guards. They asked that where we were from and what were we doing in Gravillia. We told them that we are from Jasminium and Dafordills and had come here to exercise as this is the equidistant place for all of us. They said we are not allowed to go any other apartments and started talking rudely. When we asked them to show us some written rule, they became adamant and started giving absurd replies like “we make the rules here”. We were so shocked by the disrespect they were showing towards residents that we demanded to talk to higher official. It was not tolerable that security guard talking rudely to local residents and as if we were some thieves. When we asked them for their IDs, they said “le lo kya ker lega (Take it, what do you think you will do?)”. Then a third security guard approached us and to our utter dismay put a false allegation that we have tempered the CCTV camera. Rude behavior of the security guard was not enough that they start to put allegation on us. We were in complete shock. Then they detained us for next 15 minutes till their security officers arrive. One expects from a security officer to have some sense of handling the situation and some knowledge of behavior. But unbelievably, security officer came and started shouting at us that why did we temper the CCTV camera (without any proof or investigation). All hopes of being heard were already shattered as we were being looked down upon as some thieves. He started interrogating us like culprits even after telling him again and again that we are local residents and we work in magarpatta city only. Then one more security officer arrived, he again interrogated us in same manner. Then he instructed to security guards to bring us to security office. And he used very harsh words. In his words , “ In charo ko lekar aao security office, yadi aane se mana kare to ghasitkar lekar aao, tab bhi na aaye to 10 log aur bulao fir bhi na mane to dande marte hue lekar aao (Bring them to Security office right away, if they deny, drag them else bring 10 more guards and beat them while bringing them to office)”. Never in my life have I ever been shown such disrespect that too from the people whom I expect to protect. Despite the fact that we were polite throughout the interrogation and we told them that we are residents of Magarpatta city, we were being treated like thieves, culprits or even worse than that.
We were taken to security office and were made to wait for 45 mins till the CCTV tape was brought. The security guards even lied bluntly to officers that we didn’t stop while entering Grevillia when they asked us to. In CCTV tape they didn’t find us. Even after realizing that they were mistaken about the whole incident there was no sign of sorry on their faces.
The whole incident was nightmare for all of us. This shows that Security team of Magarpatta don’t have any of respect for the local residents. We felt like aliens in our own place. Such kind of behavior from security officers not only makes us feel unsafe in our own society, but also gives a shame to prestigious and well known Magarpatta. I guess it’s no more “pride of pune” as it claims.