Bengaluru led the way much before the landmark Supreme Court verdict on installing CCTVs at police stations.
The Bengaluru City Police and Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) are proud to announce completion of the first phase of the CCTV project where 42 out of the 104 Police Stations have been equipped with CCTV cameras and surveillance in an effort to bring about greater transparency and make citizens, especially women and children feel safe when they visit a police station.
The Bengaluru City Police and B.PAC with support from various city-based organisations have worked together for over a year on this project, long before the Supreme Court directed the Central Government and all states to install CCTV cameras in all police stations and prisons across the country and report on the status of the functioning of the same.
In a landmark verdict to prevent custodial torture, the Supreme Court on July 24th 2015 directed the Centre and state governments to put police stations and interrogation rooms under surveillance of CCTV cameras.
Commenting on the completion of the Phase 1 of the CCTV project, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, President B.PACsaid, “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 in the city. We thank all the organisations who generously supported this very important project”
Ram Niwas Sepat, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), BCP said “There are three CCTV cameras installed in each of the 42 police stations and all are functioning. Phase I is complete. We look forward to completing the installations at the remaining 62 police stations at the earliest. Bengaluru will lead the way for the country”.
“A leading city-based business daily had reported yesterday (August 5, 2015) that only 14 out of 104 police stations had CCTV cameras and that some of them were fixed on tree tops. We would like to clarify that under this project all CCTV cameras are installed in police stations only and all 126 cameras are operational” said Revathy Ashok, Managing Trustee & CEO, B.PAC.