CCTVs may be mandatory in Delhi's shopping malls

New Delhi: Delhi Police will write to shopping malls in the city to install CCTVs and is mulling the possibility of making it mandatory.

Sources said City Police Commissioner B K Gupta will write to the mall authorities asking them to ensure CCTVs are installed there.

Gupta is mulling the possibility of issuing the letter invoking relevant sections of Delhi Police Act which will make installation of CCTVs mandatory, they said.

The move came against the backdrop of an e-mail threatening to blow up a shopping mall in the national capital. The mail came soon after the terror attack outside the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

Police have already stepped up security across the city following the blast outside the Delhi High Court which claimed 12 lives and injured 75 people.

A senior police official said the force is on high alert and they had intensified patrolling and checkings across the city, including shopping malls, markets and other crowded places.

"We are deploying people. We have also asked shopping mall operators to step up their security system. More checking will be done," the official said.

The shopping mall operators are being periodically briefed about the security arrangements they should make, he said.

Police is also writing to the CISF Director General and the Chairman of Railway Board to ensure that CCTVs are installed outside Metro stations and railway stations. CISF mans the security at Metro stations.