Vasant Dhoble, the police officer best remembered for the raids conducted by him on pubs and bars in Mumbai, represented the Mumbai Police in the CCTV project. Dhoble, who retired as the assistant commissioner of police (ACP) of the Missing Persons Bureau in July this year, was the nodal officer responsible for selection of the spots in south Mumbai where 434 CCTV cameras were mounted by the police.
As per the Ram Pradhan committee, said a senior officer, a nodal officer of the ACP rank was to coordinate with police stations and decide on which spots the CCTV cameras were to be mounted. In February this year, ACP Dhoble was assigned the task of coordinating with police stations in south Mumbai, as part of Phase 1 of the Mumbai City Surveillance Project.
Before his retirement in July, he had created a blueprint of the spots where the cameras were to be fixed. Speaking at the inauguration function, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi thanked Dhoble for being available all the time even after retirement. Dhoble was then called to the dais and felicitated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
After the function, a much relaxed looking Dhoble, dressed in a black suit, said he was leading a “stress-free existence” and since the only activity he did now was farming at his Pune home, he had the time to coordinate with the Mumbai Police on the CCTV network even after retirement.
Dhoble had approached police stations in south Mumbai and after consultation decided on the spots where the CCTV cameras were to be mounted. “These were basically areas that had seen a lot of street crime,” Dhoble told The Indian Express.
In addition to that, he has also selected areas where runaway children are known to flock to, an area that he worked with quite a passion as his controversial career drew to a close.
This facility is going to be a game changer from the Mumbai Police,” he asserts with confidence. Asked about continuing his association with the police, the former policeman said, “I am happy growing chillies and brinjals for now.”