The police are investigating the theft of nine CCTV cameras and six LCD screens installed in jail vans. The vans,meant to ferry undertrials,were parked in the administrative block of the 3rd Battalion in Vikaspuri. Three personnel a Sub Inspector,Head Constable and Constable have been suspended for negligence of duty.
The theft took place on the night of March 24. The CCTV cameras and LCD screens were stolen from inside 11 jail vans parked in the motor transport area of the administrative block.
Police said all cameras were in working condition they had been installed only a day earlier.
Parvez Ahmed,Deputy Commissioner of Police (3rd Battalion),said,The local police registered a case of theft under Section 379 IPC. Three men were suspended for negligence of duty as part of an internal inquiry.
A jail van has three sections. In the front,where the driver sits,there is an LCD screen. The section in the middle is meant for undertrials who are seated in an iron chamber. The rear section is meant for policemen to keep watch. Usually,two CCTV cameras are installed in the last section.
A police officer said police are made to sit away from the undertrials because there have been instances of trouble inside the van. At times,the undertrials spit on passersby and abuse them. They try to attack personnel sitting next to them. The cameras help us keep watch, the officer said.
There are two keys to the jail van,one for the front door and the other meant for the door at the rear. Both keys are with a Sub Inspector. He is referred to as the SIMT (Sub Inspector Motor Transport).