To prevent attacks, police set to video record nakabandis
The next time you pick a fight with a policeman for stopping your car at a nakabandi, beware – you may be on camera. Rattled by the recent spate of attacks on cops, the Mumbai police plan to use hand-held cameras and concealed body cameras to film motorists at road blocks.
A source in the police said this will help identify offenders and provide evidence for their prosecution. The source said police commissioner Dattatreya Padsalgikar last week ordered all 93 police stations in the city to start using video cameras at nakabandis. Every police station has at least one video camera for crime scene investigations. Following the commissioner’s order, many have started using these to videograph security checks too. “Many more plans are in the pipeline,” said Padsalgikar.
In the next phase of the scheme, policemen will be given concealed body cameras. A source said each police station will get five to 10 such cameras, depending on size of its jurisdiction. A couple of cameras will be fitted to patrolling vehicles and one each will be given to the two woman beat marshals who respond to distress calls from women, children and senior citizens and patrol the peripheries of schools and colleges. The rest will be given constables and officers deployed at nakabandis.