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11 computer hard disks stolen from SDMC’s Civic Centre HQ

Security arrangements at the capital’s Civic Centre, the tallest building in the city, is back under the scanner, with the recent theft of 11 computer hard disks from the headquarters of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. 

According to sources these hard disks stored crucial information about teachers’ recruitments, an issue in which a high-level inquiry is also pending. Eleven computer hard disks were stolen from the education department of South Delhi Municipal Corporation  on 13 July, though a police complaint was filed on 22 July. An FIR was registered in the case on Wednesday. 'A complaint of the theft has been registered at the Kamla Nagar police station,' said a spokesperson of the North civic body.
The North Delhi Municipal Corportation is the legal owner of the building and also responsible for its maintenance and security.

'As per rule, the security in-charge of the floor is responsible for locking the doors after employees leave for the day. Employees are also instructed to check and lock the hard disks before they leave,' added the source.

According to sources, these hard disks had very crucial information regarding recruitment of contractual teachers, expenditure on maintenance of school buildings and several important civic projects including mid-day meal. This is not the first case of hard disk theft at the Civic Centre, according to a senior officer of the audit department, which is common for the three municipal corporations. The hard disks of over a half a dozen computers had been stolen before this  and a police complaint had also been filed, but the hard disks are yet to be traced.

'It’s the handiwork of corrupt employees. Whenever there is an inquiry pending, scared employees steal files and hard disks to remove evidence,' said a senior officer of the audit department.
The theft of the hard disks is, however, still mysterious as every person is frisked before entering and leaving the Civic Centre premises.

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