Spy cameras to watch over cops
Corrupt police personnel better be on guard. Delhi Police have bought spy cameras and microphones to nail their rotten apples, reports Vijaita Singh.delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2009 23:54 IST
Corrupt police personnel better be on guard.
Delhi Police have bought spy cameras and microphones to nail their rotten apples.
The Crime Branch bought these gadgets after police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal green signalled the proposal.
“They were bought from Delhi Police’s secret fund. The recordings can be used as crucial evidence against the corrupt people in the force,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
This year alone more than 200 policemen have been suspended on charges of “corruption”. These include more than 15 inspectors. These spy cams are hidden in notebooks, pens, rings and bags.
Recently, nine policemen including an inspector, were suspended at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) after they were caught on camera colluding with touts in fleecing passengers.
“These operations are discreetly planned. The spy cameras are given only to officers who are trustworthy. Many people in the force have vested interests so we have to be doubly sure whether the operation would be a success or not,” the officer added.
Police said they are increasingly taking the help of these gadgets to contain corruption.
“These gadgets are also used to record evidence in important cases. These recordings are admissible in court if corroborated with other evidences,” said the officer.
Delhi government’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) had last year nailed several corrupt officials with the help of “electronic traps”.
Apart from the traditional methods like physical traps (using conventional methods like powder /notes), the ACB officials emphasised more on electronic traps.
The ACB arrested 87 people last year, some senior Crime Branch officers, who were caught on camera accepting bribes or demanding money.