Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras in its 192 stations

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Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras in its 192 stations

The Delhi police had earlier informed court that the procurement process for the purchase of 1.4 lakh cameras is underway with 30 days of recording facility.

Following the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court, the Delhi Police will now have to install 10 CCTV cameras each in 192 police stations.

The spots in buildings where CCTV cameras will be installed have been decided keeping in view places where policepublic interface takes place and other sensitive parts like corridors. The police said in a status report that the work is likely to be completed in six to eight weeks.

To prevent custodial torture, harassment to the complainants and corruption charges, the Supreme Court in its judgment had directed the Centre and state governments to put police stations and interrogation rooms under surveillance of CCTV cameras.

The Delhi police listed the locations in a status report that was submitted to the Delhi high court on Thursday which has taken a suo moto cognisance of the reports of crime against women in the Capital.

At the same time, it is also hearing a petition on custodial deaths in police station. The spots that will have cameras are duty officer room, lock-up, office of the station house officer, malkhana and kot (room for ammunitions), visitor room, front/side at the perimeter of the police station building and the corridor on the ground floor as well as the first floor of the building.

The Delhi police had earlier informed court that the procurement process for the purchase of 1.4 lakh cameras is underway with 30 days of recording facility.

Justices Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva in the previous hearing were also of the opinion that while at the stage of procurement and operationalisation, the Delhi Police should also ensure that CCTV footage of the cameras installed in these police stations is saved with reasonable archivable time of one to three months.

The report filed through Delhi Police's additional standing counsel Rajesh Mahajan said locations of CCTV cameras to be installed in the police stations have been discussed by the committee of senior officers.

Mail Today had earlier reported an RTI reply in which the Delhi Police had claimed that most of the CCTV cameras installed inside police stations were not in working condition and had become obsolete and beyond repair.

The court listed the matter for January 31 for filing of an action taken report.