Preventing custodial deaths: Maharashtra to install 400 CCTV cameras in 25 police stations

The state has decided to put up these cameras in two police stations in each of the 12 zones that constitute the Mumbai Commissionerate limits.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Published: November 29, 2015 6:14 am

NEARLY a year after the Bombay High Court ordered the installation of CCTV cameras at police stations, the state government has approved a proposal for over 400 such cameras in 25 select police stations in the city. The Home Ministry, earlier this week, gave the financial go-ahead for the project, which is being carried out on a pilot basis and will cost the state exchequer Rs 65 lakh.

A division Bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode had, in August last year, directed the state government to install CCTV cameras at police stations while hearing petitions filed by families of those who had died in custody. One of the petitions dealt with the April 2014 death of Agnello Valdaris at the Wadala railway police station. The HC had termed these deaths as alarming.

Despite repeated reminders by the court, the project had been stuck. Earlier this week, the government said it would call out tenders for the cameras. The state has decided that five CCTV cameras will suffice for each police station. The Bombay High Court wants the cameras to be placed in every corridor, room and lock-up of the police stations.

The state has decided to put up these cameras in two police stations in each of the 12 zones that constitute the Mumbai Commissionerate limits. The stations that have been selected include Colaba, MRA, VP Marg, DD Road, Wadala, Nagpada, Worli, Kalachowkie, RAK Marg, Mahim, Kurla, Chembur, Nehru Nagar, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bandra Kurla Complex, Santa Cruz, Juhu, Powai, MIDC, Malad, Malvani, Dindoshi, Dahisar. A total of 124 rotating and 275 fixed CCTV cameras will be put up by the state.

“We will invite tenders from outside for the project. We are hoping that the entire process can be implemented within six months,” a senior Home Ministry official said.

The first batch of CCTV cameras that will monitor Mumbai will function from Monday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expected to formally inaugurate the operations of 1,000 CCTV cameras.

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    Babu Palani
    Nov 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    Thanks to our SC.Please ensure there won't be encounder deaths.
    1. S
      Nov 29, 2015 at 7:11 am
      Now criminal police will have to commit encounter killing and taking bribes outside the police stations.
      1. Sudheer Thaakur
        Nov 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm
        There is no point in having these cameras if these are going to be stand alone. These will always be found 'out of order' when needed. The answer lies in connecting very camera to a control room where same are monitored and rectified asap. Besides the same must have a limited period recorded back up. But I doubt if this suggestion will find acceptance.