The Delhi Police have asked hotels in the high-security New Delhi area to install cameras facing roads. The move comes after CCTV cameras installed at various private buildings and a hotel failed to capture the attack on an Israel embassy vehicle.
The hotel association on Sunday issued a circular, asking its members to install CCTVs on rooftops so that they provide crucial clues during investigation.
“We had a discussion with senior police officers and they said investigation into the Israel blast case was hampered as one of the hotels did not have CCTV cameras facing the road. We have assured the police that we will get such cameras installed,” said Arun Gupta, general secretary of Hotel Mahasangh, which covers over 1,500 budget hotels in the Capital. Almost all hotels have CCTV cameras, but few face the road.
“Our plan to install cameras across the Capital will take time. With the help of hotels and other commercial complexes, we can cover major parts of Delhi. A similar direction has been issued to all high-rises in the Capital,” a senior police officer said.
On February 13, an Israeli embassy vehicle carrying the wife of a diplomat was attacked at the Aurangzeb Road-Safdarjung road crossing. Eyewitnesses had seen bikers sticking a magnetic explosive device at the back of the car.
To crosscheck their claims and identify the bombers, police immediately started scanning CCTV footages installed at nearby a hotel and houses of VVIPs. “But none of the cameras covered the movement of people and vehicles moving on the road,” the officer added.
After the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, Delhi Police have been pushing for tighter security arrangements at hotels. “At Paharganj, almost every hotel had installed cameras but when we checked, none of them faced the roads,” Gupta, who owns a hotel at Karol Bagh said.
Delhi Police also plan to install cameras at six district courts, Supreme Court, High Court and 28 markets.