‘CCTV cameras installed at 29 shopping areas’

The city police has told the Delhi High Court that it has taken steps, including installation of CCTV cameras at strategic locations in 29 prominent markets to avert terror attacks.

New Delhi: The city police has told the
Delhi High Court that it has taken steps, including
installation of CCTV cameras at strategic locations in 29
prominent markets and areas here, to avert and tackle any
future terror attacks in the national capital.

In an affidavit filed before a bench of Acting Chief
Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, police said
cameras have been installed at these 29 places including
Ramlila Ground and Karol Bagh.

A plan was also in the offing to install CCTV cameras in
28 other shopping areas, including Model Town and GTB Nagar,
here, the affidavit said.

The court was hearing a PIL of Society of Indian Law
Firms (SILF), filed through its president Lalit Bhasin,
seeking adequate security arrangements against terror attacks
in the aftermath of the audacious strike at a gate of the high
court here on September 7, 2011.

Police, in its affidavit, said it has also conducted
short term capsule courses to train its personnel to
effectively deal with such incidents in future.

During the hearing, Bhasin however termed the steps of
Delhi Police as "insufficient" and sought actions on the lines
of Maharashtra which, after the recent Mumbai terror attacks,
had taken various measures to safeguard the port city.

Maharashtra government, besides establishing an NSG hub
in Mumbai, had raised a special team of "Force One", on the
lines of NSG and also established 38 quick response teams
(QRT) to deal with any future terror attacks in the state,
Bhasin said.

The court, which was apprised by the Home Ministry that
it has given inputs to the city police, has now fixed the case
for hearing on March 14.

Earlier, the court had issued notices to the Home Ministry
and the Delhi Police and asked them to reply to the PIL within
six weeks.

The PIL had sought directions to the government to take
"adequate security measures including deployment of the Rapid
Action Force and the National Security Guard (NSG); to
permanently station a battle ready unit/battalion of NSG in
New Delhi; to assist, train and equip the police and security
agencies in preparing themselves for threats such as terrorist
attacks; to urgently and in a time bound manner formulate and
implement a `Crisis Management Plan`; to install CCTV cameras
in all the courts; to update the disaster management agencies
and many more measures."

"The petitioner is seriously concerned about the lack of
security and safety of the citizens of the state and city of
Delhi and the law and order situation, in the wake of various
terrorist attacks in the country and the recent audacious
terrorist attack in the heart of the city of Delhi on
September 7, 2011 at the gates of the Delhi High Court," it

The recent events have also exposed basic intelligence
failures, the lack of coordination among different
governmental and bureaucratic functionaries as well as
inadequate legal and regulatory mechanism and intent to cope
with terrorist activities, it said.

The judicial intervention was the "only reliable course
since the events of the last 15 years have demonstrated that
merely relying upon promises of future action is insufficient
and in fact is quickly forgotten", it said.