Can’t install CCTV cameras in police stations, funds not given to us: DGP

While calling such transparency as the “demand of the democracy these days”, the SHRC had said the CCTVs would also enhance security of the police.

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 24 2018 1:17AM | Updated Date: Jan 24 2018 1:44AM
Can’t install CCTV cameras in police stations, funds not given to us: DGPRepresentational Pic

Barring a few, none of the police stations in the Valley have installed CCTV cameras as directed by the State Human Rights Commission five months ago.

CCTVs inside police stations were meant to bring about transparency in the functioning of the police. While issuing the directions, the SHRC had noted: “It is commonly known that tortures as well as custodial deaths are happening in Jammu and Kashmir intermittently.”

“Many a time the police personnel covert a criminal case into a civil dispute. Although the commission has no such record of how many custodial deaths have occurred in the last few years (but) such deaths have occurred and instances of torture also have come to the fore.”

While calling such transparency as the “demand of the democracy these days”, the SHRC had said the CCTVs would also enhance security of the police.

“It will be very helpful for the police to establish and reply to false allegations leveled against honest and dedicated police personnel. The installation of the CCTV cameras will help in decreasing human rights violations,” the SHRC had said.

The SHRC had in September last year directed the chief secretary to sanction funds to the police for the purpose of purchasing CCTVs.

But, director general of police SP Vaid said, “The SHRC issued the direction but who has to give the money to us? We can’t buy CCTV cameras on our own. When the government will sanction money then we will start the process.”

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