PUNJAB SECURITY OF VULNERABLE ESTABLISHMENTS ACT 2015
(Act XIV of 2015)
[18 March 2015]
An Act to provide for effective security
arrangements of vulnerable establishments.
Whereas it is expedient to make arrangements
for the security of vulnerable establishments inter alia to prevent
acts of terrorism and other crimes, to obtain evidence by use of modern
devices for investigation and prosecution of offences, and to deal with
It is enacted as follows:
1. Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Security of Vulnerable
Establishments Act 2015.
(2) It extends to whole of the
(3) It shall come into force at once.
In this Act:
“Code” means the
Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898);
the Security Advisory Committee constituted under section 3 of the Act;
Coordination Officer” means the District Coordination Officer of the
Government of the Punjab;
“Head of District
Police” means the Capital City Police Officer, a City Police Officer or a
District Police Officer;
the owner or occupant of a vulnerable establishment and includes a person
who is employed or authorized by the owner or occupant for the management of
the vulnerable establishment;
prescribed by the rules made under the Act;
arrangements” mean effective physical and technical security arrangements
including installation and proper functioning of closed circuit television
cameras, bio-metric system, walkthrough gates, security alarm and other
modern gadgetries; and
establishment” means a place of worship or any other religious place,
sensitive office of the Government, Federal Government, non-governmental
organization or foreign project, hospital, bank, money changer, financial
institution, office of firm or company, industrial unit, educational
institution, public park, private clinic, wedding hall, petrol or CNG
station, jewelry shop, hotel, amusement or entertainment center, public
transport terminal, special bazaar, commercial street, shop or shopping
arcade notified under the Act.
3. Security Advisory Committee.–
(1) The District Coordination Officer shall, in each sub-division,
constitute a Security Advisory Committee consisting of the Sub-divisional
Police Officer as the Chairperson and the following members:
representative of the district administration in BS-16 or above;
officer from Special Branch of the Police in BS-16 or above;
officer from Counter Terrorism Department in BS-16 or above; and
representatives of the traders and other stakeholders.
(2) A member of the
Committee, other than an ex officio member, shall hold office for a
term of one year but the District Coordination Officer may again nominate
him for like term.
(3) A member of the
Committee, other than an ex officio member, may submit his
resignation to the District Coordination Officer and the District
Coordination Officer may nominate another member in his place for the
(4) An act or
proceedings of the Committee shall not be invalid merely for reason of any
vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Committee.
(5) The Committee
shall meet at least once in a month at such time and place as may be
determined by the Chairperson.
Committee shall observe such procedure
with regard to transaction of business at its meetings or otherwise as may
be prescribed and until so prescribed as the Chairperson determines.
4. Functions of the Committee.–
(1) The Committee shall:
and recommend the establishments for notification as vulnerable
a vulnerable establishment on quarterly basis;
(c) issue advice, in writing, to the
manager of a vulnerable establishment for such security arrangements as may
be necessary on the basis of threat perception, resources at the disposal of
the establishment and other related factors; and
report to the District Coordination Officer and Head of District Police in
case of non-compliance of any advice.
(2) The Committee may constitute a
sub-committee and assign the function of quarterly inspection of vulnerable
establishments to such sub-committee.
5. Vulnerable establishments.–
(1) The Committee shall identify and recommend to the District Coordination
Officer an establishment for notification as a vulnerable establishment.
(2) The District Coordination Officer may, by
notification, declare any establishment as a vulnerable establishment and
shall maintain a list of the vulnerable establishments and shall issue
updated list on annual basis.
(3) The District Coordination Officer may, by
notification on the recommendation of the Committee or otherwise, exclude a
vulnerable establishment from the list of vulnerable establishments.
(4) The District Coordination Officer shall
provide a copy of the list and the revised list of vulnerable establishments
to the Government, the Head of District Police and all the Assistant
Commissioners in the district.
6. Advice by the Committee.–
(1) The Committee shall issue advice for security arrangement to the manager
of such an establishment and the manager shall make necessary security
arrangements as per advice of the Committee within such reasonable time as
the Committee determines.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the Committee
shall review its advice on annual basis and may,
if necessary, issue revised advice to the manager of a vulnerable
establishment and the manager shall implement the revised advice within such
time as the Committee determines.
(3) The Committee, if the circumstances so
justify, may issue revised advice to the manager of a vulnerable
establishment even before the completion of a year and the manager shall
implement the advice within such time as the Committee determines.
7. Security of vulnerable establishments.–
The manager of a vulnerable establishment shall make appropriate and
sufficient security arrangements for the protection of the vulnerable
establishment and shall comply with the advice of the Committee within the
time specified in the advice.
8. Security of public places.– The
local government or any other local authority shall ensure clearance of
roads, streets from debris or construction material, managing of filth
depots on daily basis, covering manholes and removing broken water supply
pipes so that no explosive materials may be concealed at any such place.
9. Inspection by Police.–
The Police Officer incharge of the Police
Station may, at any time, inspect any vulnerable establishment and submit
his report to the Chairperson of the Committee under intimation to the
District Coordination Officer and Head of District Police.
(1) If the Committee is satisfied on the basis of information received from
any source or from the inspection report of the sub-committee or the Police
Officer incharge of the Police Station that the
security arrangements as per advice of the Committee have not been carried
out at a vulnerable establishment, the Committee may issue a written warning
to the manager of the vulnerable establishment specifying specific violation
of its advice.
(2) The manager of the vulnerable
establishment shall, within such time as is mentioned in the letter of
warning, implement the advice of the Committee.
11. Sealing of the vulnerable
establishment.– (1) If the manager of a
vulnerable establishment fails to implement the advice of the Committee
within the stipulated time, the Committee may direct complete or partial
sealing of the vulnerable establishment or suspension of its operations till
the time the advice is fully implemented and satisfactory security
arrangements are made or the manager undertakes in writing to do so within
such further time as the Committee may allow.
(2) The Police Officer
incharge of the Police Station shall implement
the direction of the Committee under this section and, for the purpose, use
such force as may be necessary.
12. Appeal.– (1) The manager of
a vulnerable establishment may, within three
days from the receipt of advice, warning or direction of sealing or
suspension of operations of the vulnerable establishment, prefer an appeal
against the advice, warning or direction of sealing or suspension of
operations to the District Intelligence Committee as may be notified by the
(2) The District Intelligence Committee
shall, after affording opportunity of personal hearing to the appellant and
the representative of the Committee, pass such order as is deemed necessary
and such order shall be final.
(3) The District Intelligence Committee shall
dispose of the appeal as soon as may be but not later than seven days and
shall immediately communicate the decision to the appellant and the
(4) The manager of a vulnerable establishment
shall implement the advice of the Committee in the light of the order of the
District Intelligence Committee within such time as is allowed by the
District Intelligence Committee.
13. Manager to provide evidence.–
The manager of a vulnerable establishment shall provide such evidence of
offence as is obtained through security arrangements of the vulnerable
establishment to the police or any other investigation agency.
If a person knowingly contravenes the provision of section 10 or fails to
implement the direction issued under section 11 and section 12 or fails to
abide by his undertaking given under section 11 or fails to furnish evidence
to the investigation agency under section 13, he shall be liable to
punishment of imprisonment which may extend to six months and fine which
shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but shall not exceed one
hundred thousand rupees.
15. Cognizance and summary trial.–
(1) An offence under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
(2) A Magistrate of the first class
shall conduct the trial of an offence under this Act in accordance with the
provisions of Chapter XXII of the Code relating to the summary
16. Compounding of offence.–
(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Government or an officer of the
Government specifically authorized in this behalf may, at any stage,
compound an offence under this Act subject to the deposit of administrative
penalty which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees.
(2) The offence under this Act shall
not be compoundable if the accused had been previously convicted under the
Act or his previous offence had been compounded by the Government or the
officer authorized by the Government.
17. Bar of jurisdiction.–
No court shall entertain any suit or application against any proceedings
taken, direction or order made under this Act.
18. Annual Report.–
(1) Every Head of District Police shall send a monthly implementation report
to the Government under this Act.
(2) The Government shall, before 31 March each
year, submit a consolidated implementation annual report in the Provincial
Assembly of the Punjab relating to the
preceding year containing summary of the activities and recommendations for
implementation of the Act.
19. In addition to other laws.–
The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of
any other law.
20. Power to make rules.–
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for
carrying out the purposes of this Act.
21. Repeal and savings.–
(1) The Punjab Shops and Establishments (Security) Act, 1999 (II of 1999) is
(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of the Punjab
Shops and Establishments (Security) Act, 1999 (II of 1999), anything done or
action taken under the repealed Act, shall have the effect as if the thing
is done or action taken under this Act.
The Punjab Security of Vulnerable Establishments Ordinance, 2015
(I of 2015) is hereby repealed.