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Will first install CCTV cams in vulnerable areas: Delhi Police to HC

The city police on Friday told the Delhi High Court that CCTV cameras will be installed first at all vulnerable locations in the 44 red-flagged areas in the national capital once it finishes survey of the sites and works out the technical specifications.



New Delhi: The city police on Friday told the Delhi High Court that CCTV cameras will be installed first at all vulnerable locations in the 44 red-flagged areas in the national capital once it finishes survey of the sites and works out the technical specifications.

In its affidavit, the Delhi Police said the sites will be surveyed in respect to the required technical support and after the finalisation of the technical specifications, "a consolidated proposal will be forwarded to the Home Ministry for procurement of the cameras."

This exercise will require one more month, the police submitted in its affidavit placed before a bench of justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva which listed the matter for hearing on March 25.

"In the first phase, the CCTV cameras will be installed at the vulnerable points within the jurisdiction of the 44 police stations identified on the basis of crime mapping study, where the graph of crime against women is on the higher side. The remaining areas shall be taken up in next phase, thereafter," the affidavit said.

On the issue of creating additional posts in the Delhi Police, the police said that the Home Ministry has sent them a letter saying that though the initial proposal was for 2907 more posts for crime investigation, 4749 personnel are required as per latest figures.

This has increased the total number of additional posts required to over 16,000, it said in the affedavit filed through advocate Rajesh Mahajan..

"The MHA has sent the proposal for the creation of 4749 posts to internal finance department of MHA to proceed further," the Delhi police's affidavit said.

The affidavit was filed pursuant to the court's January 30 direction to Delhi Police seeking an action plan on where CCTV cameras can be "deployed" by "keeping in mind the crime mapping already done".

The court had also sought an affidavit indicating steps taken to induct additional force.

The affidavits were filed on a PIL initiated by the court on its own after the December 16 gangrape and in which an application was filed by advocate Meera Bhatia seeking that the CCTV cameras installed for US President Barack Obama's security should not be removed.

Delhi Police also submitted that it recently had a meeting of all its senior officials on the issue of installing CCTV cameras in which the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) have been directed to "identify the vulnerable locations" for installation of the cameras keeping in mind the crime mapping study already carried out.

The DCPs were also directed to forward their proposals on the requirement of CCTV cameras in their respective districts/ units by March 20, it said.

Thereafter, the sites would be surveyed by "professional government agencies" with regard to the technical support required and once technical specifications are finalised, a consolidated proposal shall be sent to MHA for approval of competent authority, the affidavit said.

During the proceedings, meanwhile, Delhi government said in its affidavit, filed through advocate Zubeda Begum on the status of its four regional forensic science laboratories (RFSLs), that several divisions of its lab at Chanakyapuri here started functioning from March 11 and more equipment are being procured.

The city government also said that it has sanctioned 74 posts for the lab and have written to Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board and Union Public Service Commission to carry out the recruitment.

The other labs at Rohini, Sheikh Sarai and Sayurpur here are in various stages of construction and will be commissioned in October-November 2016, it said.

On the issue of crime scene mobile forensic units, Delhi government said there is no extra sanctioned staff for this unit and the existing personnel engaged in the case work during normal duty hours were being deployed for visiting crime scenes.

As a result, government has proposed to establish 11 mobile forensic units along with one crime scene management division for visiting crime scenes, it said.

It also said that initially there will be four crime scene vehicles (CSV) with scientific kits and 138 posts and orders have been placed for two crime scene vehicles in this regard.

"However, manpower is yet to be sanctioned by the finance department," it said.

Delhi Development Authority, meanwhile, submitted in its affidavit that it has already (in 2014) handed over three sites - at Sayurpur, Rohini and Sheikh Sarai - to Delhi government for setting up its RFSLs.

On the last date of hearing, the court had come down heavily on the Centre and Delhi Police asking why they had not installed CCTVs to beef up security of women in the national capital but had done so only for a visiting head of state. 

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