Chandigarh: CCTV cameras fail to help cops solve cases

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 06, 2015 10:56 IST

Police are mulling to install CCTV cameras with night-vision facility in the city, as the ones already installed to keep a tab on anti-social elements have failed to help when needed the most.

Despite scanning footage from CCTVs installed at various traffic signals, the police have got no clues regarding the identity of the culprits involved in recent car-jacking cases at Sector 34, as these did not have a night-vision mode.

A cop involved in the investigation told the Hindustan Times, on condition of anonymity, that the miscreants, who allegedly assaulted a 20-year-old engineering student Karthik Gupta and snatched his Honda City car near Sector 49 on Tuesday night, had chased him all the way from Sector 47.

He said had the CCTVs recorded the chase, the police could have managed to identify the culprits.

In the previous incident on February 15, he added, the SUV belonging to Karandeep Singh, the director of St Soldier School, SAS Nagar, was snatched from Sector 48 at gunpoint by a group of men, who operated in a similar fashion.
Even in this case the CCTV cameras proved to be of no help as the crime took place at night.

He said the car snatchers seemed to be professionals and must have carried out recces before carrying out the plan. In that case, he said, CCTV cameras with night vision would have been of help.

However, station house officer, Sector 34, Kirpal Singh, said the police have been working on various theories and had already prepared a sketch of one of the accused.

He said details are being procured from various sources to nab the accused.

Senior superintendent of Police, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said the crime branch and south police division are working together to check antecedents of criminals to get a lead into the case.

Interestingly, the police had floated a tender for installing 650 more CCTV cameras, but now it would be tweaked just to include the night vision facility.

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