Bengaluru City Police and Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) have announced the completion of the first phase of their CCTV project. Out of the 104 police stations in the city, 42 now have CCTV cameras and surveillance equipment.
Bengaluru City Police and B.PAC have been working on this project for over a year now with support from various city-based organisations, even before the Supreme Court directed the central and state governments to install CCTV in police stations and prisons and report on the status of their functioning.
In a landmark verdict to prevent custodial torture, the Supreme Court on July 24 directed that police stations and interrogation rooms should be under the surveillance of CCTV cameras. Ram Niwas Sepat, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin) said, “There are three CCTV cameras installed in each of the 42 police stations and all are functioning and Phase I is complete. We look forward to completing installations at the remaining 62 police stations at the earliest. Bengaluru will lead the way for the country.”
Commenting on the completion of the first phase of the project, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, president of B.PAC said, “B.PAC is proud to have associated with Bengaluru City Police, who took a lead on this project that has far-reaching implications for citizens approaching police stations. We thank all the organisations, who generously supported this very important project.”