The firing at busy Yamuna Bank metro station has exposed a major chink in Delhi Metro’s security. There are over two dozen metro stations across Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) which don’t have CCTV cover, including the Yamuna Bank station where the firing took place.
Sources said the CISF, responsible for metro stations’ security, has written many times to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to install CCTV cameras at these stations.
“We have written several letters to DMRC. The last one was sent a week ago. They have been promising to install the cameras but now we will take up the matter again,” said a senior CISF officer. He said DMRC promised to install the cameras by December. In the absence of CCTV footage, the Delhi police, who are investigating the case, are also finding it difficult to establish the movement of AVM Pillai and NVS Teja. On Friday morning, Pillai shot dead Teja, before killing himself.
“We are dependent on eyewitness statement. When we asked for CCTV footage, DMRC staff told us they haven’t installed cameras there,” said a senior police officer. DMRC staff said they are in the process of installing cameras at Yamuna Bank and other metro stations.
“Our priority was to secure the underground metro stations. The process to install CCTV cameras on the elevated metro stations is on and will be completed soon,” said a DMRC spokesperson. Eyewitnesses told police that Teja and Pillai sat for over 10 minutes at a bench on platform number 2.
“The bench was behind a pillar. Even the guard didn’t have a clear view of them. He reached there after the firing. CCTV footage would have helped ascertain if they had any argument or not,” a police officer added.