Uran po­lice sta­tion fi­nally gets CCTVs

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

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

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