Only 8 po­lice sta­tions have CCTV cam­eras

De­spite a Supreme Court rul­ing, 12 po­lice sta­tions in the city are still not cov­ered un­der CCTV cam­era sur­veil­lance

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: It has been eight months since the Supreme Court asked the Cen­tral and state gover nments to place po­lice sta­tions un­der CCTV cam­era sur­veil­lance. How­ever, 12 out of 20 po­lice sta­tions in the city still do not have CCTV cam­eras.

Po­lice sources said lack of funds is the main rea­son why the apex court or­der has not been im­ple­mented so far. The po­lice sta­tions with cam­eras have had them in­stalled by pri­vate com­pa­nies as a part of their cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) ex­er­cise. A lot of these cam­eras have not been work­ing for sev­eral months now as the de­part­ment has no funds for their main­te­nance.

The Supreme Court had asked for CCTV cam­eras to be in­stalled at po­lice sta­tions last June in an ef­fort to pre­vent cus­to­dial tor­ture and other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Though cus­to­dial vi­o­lence is not ram­pant in the city, there have been sev­eral in­ci­dents at po­lice sta­tions that could have been pre­vented had CCTV cam­eras been there.

A head con­sta­ble at­tached with the Uran po­lice sta­tion stole a bag con­tain­ing Rs29 lakh from the strong room in May 2014. The po­lice took al­most a year to de­tect that case. “Had there been a CCTV cam­era near the strong room the case would have been solved in no time. We now have CCTV cam­eras at our sta­tion house, lock up and near the strong room,” said an of­fi­cer from the po­lice sta­tion.

An i nspec­tor f rom New Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion, who did not wish to be named, said, “It is bet­ter to not have CCTV cam­eras than to have ones that do not work.

We have CCTV cam­eras at the sta­tion house. How­ever, t hey do not work prop­erly and the de­part­ment has not re­leased funds to have them re­paired.”

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers feel it is nec­es­sary to in­stall CCTV cam­eras at all im­por­tant loca- tions of a po­lice sta­tion. “It is eas­ier to mon­i­tor a po­lice sta­tion if there are CCTV cam­eras. They also helps keep tab on in­mates and un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties will re­duce if we in­stall cam­eras in lock- ups,” said an in­spec­tor, Kalam­boli po­lice sta­tion.

Pradeep Kan­nalu, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( wire­less), said, “We con­ducted a sur­vey at all po­lice sta­tions across the city and sent the re­ports to the DG of­fice more than a year ago. We in­formed them of the num­ber of CCTV cam­eras re­quired and the types of cam­eras needed for in­door and out­door pur­poses.”

“We have re­cently re­ceived some papers from them and we t hink t his plan will be im­ple­mented in a few months. Ac­cord­ing to the DG’s of­fice, ev­ery po­lice sta­tion will get new CCTV cam­eras and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems,” Kan­nalu said.

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