Commonwealth Games, abduction and rape of a 29-year-old woman; and now the murder of a 20-year-old DU student, nothing has got the Delhi Police or the Delhi University authorities to bring South Campus under CCTV surveillance.
Even though a lot has happened in the Satya Niketan area, the police are still to install a single camera. During 2010 Dhaula Kuan abduction and rape case the police had to rely on CCTV footage from a petrol pump as there was no electronic surveillance equipment installed in the area.
Other than playing blame game none of the authorities have done much to get CCTV cameras installed in the area.
The police on their part claim that installing cameras is the job of Delhi University authorities. However, the police were also supposed to install CCTV surveillance at strategic points in Satya Niketan and the whole of Dhaula Kuan area but till the proposal for the last one and half years has been stuck at the tender level.
“We have again sent the proposal to get CCTV cameras but there are problems with the company that was supposed to provide us with the hardware,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
But the Delhi Police claim that it is not in their power to install CCTV surveillance in South Campus, as the DU authorities have to get the things in place. The South Delhi Police claim that proposal for installation of CCTV cameras was sent thrice to university authorities.
However, DU authorities even after Tuesday’s murder are not contemplating the idea of CCTV surveillance mainly because of student pressure. “The administration had tried to arrange video surveillance in the stretch between Satya Niketan and ML Nehru College a year back but the move was opposed by students and the media. People said that the university wants to spy on the students,” said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, DU.