To pre­vent at­tacks, po­lice set to video record naka­ban­dis

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - De­ba­sish Pan­i­grahi de­ba­sish.pan­i­grahi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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