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At great cost: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans patrol outside the Infosys headquarters in Bangalore on Friday.
At great cost: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans patrol outside the Infosys headquarters in Bangalore on Friday.

V. Sridhar

It is the first private company to get protection from the force

Bangalore: Infosys Technologies Ltd. on Friday became the first private company to get protection from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

The force protects public sector undertakings and government-owned industrial establishments.

101 personnel

The company’s headquarters here will be guarded by 101 CISF personnel.

R. K. Mishra, Inspector General, CISF, said: “This is the first time since its creation in 1969 that the CISF will be providing security cover to a corporate organisation in India.” The agency is “pleased and proud to be entrusted with the responsibility of security at Infosys.”

The company would have to pay the CISF a daily fee of Rs. 1 lakh.

Key handed over

Its Chief Mentor, N. R. Narayana Murthy handed over the “security key” to the CISF at a ceremony marking the deployment of the CISF on the campus on Friday.

The force will be in addition to Infosys’ 300-strong security team. It will now work with the CISF. However, the force will not be involved in daily frisking or gate checks. It would be in charge of surveillance and overall security strategy. The company’s “security command centre” was handed over to it.

T.V. Mohandas Pai, Infosys director said the CISF cover would be extended to the company’s facility in Mysore and if need be, elsewhere too. “We are confident that the protection offered by the CISF will enhance security on our campuses,” he added.

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