To efficiently deal with frequent brawls at city pubs, the joint commissioner of Gurgaon police, Maheshwar Dayal, has requested deputy commissioner PC Meena to make mandatory installation of CCTV cameras that allow web-based remote surveillance.
“Pubs in Gurgaon have a very volatile atmosphere. Here, tempers run high under the influence of alcohol. In such situations, allegations and counter allegations become difficult to verify as the versions narrated by the involved persons may not be coherent,” Dayal said.
Hence, installation of a system that allows the police to monitor the CCTV footage using the IP address could be helpful. As per the proposed plan, all Gurgaon pubs will be directed to provide the web IP address to the police and the excise authority for continuous monitoring.
“We want to make installation of such a system mandatory so that we can monitor such problem areas and make sure that no innocent person is booked for a crime,” added Dayal.
Moreover, such surveillance will also help the police keep tabs on adherence of pub deadlines. In many cases, pub owners deny allegations of operating past deadlines and blame excise officials for penalizing them.
“This initiative will help us as most Gurgaon pubs stay open beyond the 12am deadline. Recently, we penalised 40 pubs/bars for not following the prescribed time limit,” said Aruna Singh, deputy excise and taxation commissioner.
The Gurgaon joint commissioner has also asked the deputy commissioner to implement this order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The move will allow the police to penalize any violators under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
To ensure absolute compliance, pubs would be issued clear and strict guidelines in this regard, said the joint commissioner.
According to officials, the DC is expected to release the said orders soon.