Delhi Universitys North Campus and Rani Bagh market,a busy shopping spot in Rohini Zone,will soon come under the close scrutiny of the Delhi Police once installation of CCTV cameras in these places are complete.
The police have also set up three crisis management centres at Laxmi Nagar,Rohini and Nehru Place to ensure a quick response to any threat or contingency. They have trained 270 officers in disaster management in the last five years,and also propose to set up an additional emergency response centre soon.
Filing an affidavit before the Delhi High Court in this regard,the Delhi Police assured that the department was well-prepared to deal with any emergency and had adequate security measures in place to check terrorist attacks in the Capital.
The affidavit,filed by DCP (Headquarters) Mangesh Kashyap on behalf of the Department of Home,listed steps taken by the Delhi Police,especially following the bomb blast outside the High Court on September 7 last year.
The affidavit comes as a response to a PIL filed by the Society of Indian Law Firms through counsel Lalit Bhasin,seeking directions to the Union Home Ministry and the Delhi government to take adequate measures to counter terrorism,including deployment of Rapid Action Force and National Security Guard personnel at different locations.
On the issue of installing CCTV cameras across the city,the affidavit stated that in Phase-I of the project,25 markets and four border checkposts were identified for installation. Out of this,installation at 26 sites has been completed by a private firm and the system has been accepted by the Delhi Police. For the remaining three,installation was likely to be completed soon.
In Phase-II,the contract for installing CCTV Surveillance Systems at 28 Markets and10 border checkposts in Delhi was made with the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) on January 25,2012,and the installation work has to be started by the firm after obtaining necessary permissions from civic authorities, it stated.
A proposal for installation of CCTV systems by ECIL in the six district court complexes in Delhi was also sent to the Police Headquarters on October 13 last year,the affidavit stated.
Enlisting the measures taken to combat terrorism in the city,the police said besides installing CCTV cameras,they put in place armed response teams and are collecting terror-related intelligence. In addition,security audit of vital installations are being conducted and the Eyes-and-Ears Scheme has been implemented.
The affidavit stated that since 2001,the Special Cell of the Delhi Police has registered 120 cases,of which there have been convictions in 50 and acquittals in 10. Thirty-eight of these cases are still pending trial and nine are pending investigation. It is noteworthy that 145 persons accused of terrorist activities in these cases have been convicted, read the affidavit.
Submitting the affidavit on record,the police have sought dismissal of the petition. The court,however,asked the petitioners counsel to file his response by the next date of hearing.