Delhi: Hit-and-run case exposes cops' tall claims of installing world class CCTV cameras

Delhi traffic police claims to have installed CCTV cameras that can read vehicle number plates. However, cops were unable to trace the accused in a hit-and-run case despite 14 CCTV cameras being present at the accident site.

The horrific experience of Dhanesh Kumar, a Territorial Army personnel, has completely exposed the tall claims of the Delhi traffic police regarding installation of high definition CCTV cameras in VIP areas.

Even six months after the 39-yearold suffered grievous injuries after a speeding Honda CRV crashed into his bullet near the rear gate of the Subroto Park Air Force Station on the Dhaula Kuan-Airport Road, the police are yet to trace the SUV.

The incident happened despite the 14 CCTV cameras installed in the area. The cameras captured the footage of the vehicle, but shockingly, the number plate of the car was not legible in those clips. It took two months for Dhanesh who suffered several fractures, including a head injury, to recover.

The accident took a heavy toll on his job too. With the car still untraceable, he is not even in a position to claim motor accident compensation.


Though the police promptly registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, it could not move an inch further.

The 'untraceable report' handed over to Dhanesh by the Station House Officer of the Delhi Cantonment police station states: "You are hereby informed that in spite of our best efforts, there is no clue about the culprit in this case. The case has been sent as untraced on January 19, 2017. In future, if any clue comes to light in this case, the same will be reopened for further investigation."


The Delhi traffic police have often been claiming that it proposed to install specially designed, world-class number plate CCTV cameras.

These cameras, used in most big cities worldwide, are built specifically to capture vehicle registration plates/number plates in day or night, even when the car has full beam headlights on.

"If this is the case in VIP area, then what could be the condition in the other parts of Delhi? The cameras turned out to be totally useless and purpose of the same would not be served if they cannot read number plates. If the promised high definition cameras are not installed there, then where else do the traffic police plan to fit them?" asks Dhanesh.


It is to be noted that earlier Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had directed then Commissioner of Police, Alok Kumar Verma, to resolve the issue of defunct unworthy CCTV cameras in the city on an urgent basis.

At least 50 per cent of the CCTV cameras installed by the Delhi Police across the Capital are reportedly non-functional.

During a law and order meeting, Verma had told Jung that many times CCTV cameras were damaged due to digging of roads. He had also pressed that there was a need for some long-term measures, including placing the cables in conduits, which could be laid down across gantries, Metro pillars and flyovers.

The Delhi Police had installed a total of 4,064 CCTV cameras in the city. Of them, nearly 2,000 are defunct.

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