Uran police station finally gets CCTVs
NAVI MUMBAI: Two years after one of their constables stole Rs29 lakh from the strong room, the Uran police have increased vigilance on the premises.
They recently installed eight closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their building.
Just after that theft, the police installed one CCTV camera near the strong room. But it did not cover even 20% space of the premises.
In May 2014, a head constable entered the strong room at night and stole the cash kept in a wooden box. After investigating the case for over 10 months, the police managed to detect the case and arrest the constable.
“One CCTV camera cannot keep a watch on the whole building. A private company agreed to provide us with eight more cameras as a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) for our convenience,” said Rajendra Avhad, senior inspector of the police station who was posted here around two weeks ago.
These CCTV cameras have been installed in the lock- up, swagat kaksh, corridor and the rooms of officers.
“Now, we are under complete CCTV surveillance. We can now get to know who is doing what in other rooms of the premises and who comes to the station to meet our officials,” he said.
Avhad himself monitors the cameras from his cabin.
In view of increasing custodial tortures and other illegal activities, the Supreme Court also directed the state governments to install such cameras at all police stations in June last year.
Hindustan Times had reported earlier that 12 out of 20 police stations in Navi Mumbai still do not have CCTV cameras on their premises.
After conducting a survey, the police sent the reports to the director general’s office one- and- a half years ago and are waiting for the CCTV cameras for the other police stations. However, they have not received any response so far.
One CCTV camera cannot keep a watch on the building. A private firm agreed to provide us with eight cameras. RAJENDRA AVHAD, senior inspector