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Unrestricted access for staff at metro CCTV rooms led to leakage?

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 14, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(14/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:00 IST(15/7/2013)

Even as the authenticity of CCTV footage of couples getting intimate inside Delhi Metro is yet to be established, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials feel that leakage of videos from various station premises may take place any day due to uncontrolled access of people to the monitoring room.

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In each station, CCTV footage is monitored at the station controller’s office. Officials of the CISF – responsible for security at metro stations and DMRC monitor the footage.

A senior CISF official said: “Leakage of CCTV footage is very much possible from the station controller’s room as people from other agencies such as house keeping staff, maintenance workers, private guards and ticket vending operators among others have easy access to the room. People can watch the monitors and record footage by using external cameras, such as mobile phones, as no CCTV camera is installed in any controller’s room.”

Two years ago, a clip of a couple in an objectionable position at the Green Park Metro station was circulated through the Internet.The CISF has decided to take up the matter with DMRC and ask the corporation to make a foolproof arrangement for monitoring of CCTVs in metro stations. “The alleged leakage is a very serious issue and we must address the matter immediately. We will request DMRC to make exclusive arrangements for monitoring of CCTV camera footage and not to let it go to a public office. This should be at a place where people from other agencies do not get access,” Udayan Banerjee, DIG, CISF, said. He said after the recent incident, the CISF directed its men not to carry their mobile phones while entering the CCTV monitoring room in metro stations. They are thoroughly checked before they enter the monitoring rooms, he said.

“This is a common concern for us as well. We will work in coordination with CISF and find a solution to this problem soon,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, DMRC.

Meanwhile, while conducting the probe into the leakage of CCTV footage of couples getting intimate inside trains, crime branch officials suspect the involvement of train operators.  Police said, the clips were possibly recorded with a mobile phone camera from the monitor installed in the train operator’s coach.

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