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Metro gets down to solve mystery of 'leaked' clips

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 09, 2013
First Published: 23:49 IST(9/7/2013) | Last Updated: 09:56 IST(10/7/2013)

A day after Hindustan Times carried a report on how alleged CCTV clips of couples getting intimate on near empty Delhi Metro trains had been posted on pornnography sites, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday approached the cyber crime cell of Delhi Police.


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DMRC has asked the Delhi police to ascertain if the footage was indeed from the footage recorded in CCTVs installed on its trains.

The security cell of DMRC, after an internal probe, said that “these clips seemed doctored and were not captured by CCTV cameras”.

“We have found two such clips on the internet showing couples getting intimate and sent them to the cyber crime cell. We will also seek help from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to unearth the reality,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, DMRC.

The CISF is incharge of security at Metro stations.

“If any DMRC officials are found guilty, they would be booked under the Indian Penal Code and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Act of the DMRC,” Dayal said.

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The DMRC spokesperson, however, pointed out that in one of the clips announcements made inside the train could be heard, whereas the CCTV cameras do not have any audio recording device. Besides, CCTV footage of Metro trains can be accessed through designated computers only as these are installed with proprietary software, he said.

CISF director general Rajiv said his personnel did not have any access to the CCTV footage. “These might have been captured by mobile phone cameras.”

A DMRC official said that in each of the two clips available on an adult site, the camera remained focussed on the couple and did not pan, tilt or zoom like CCTV cameras typically do. “Four CCTV cameras are installed inside a coach and these together cover at least 90% area. These cannot focus on a particular corner or area or persons for more than a few seconds,” said a senior official from DMRC’s security cell.

Metro officials said the CCTV footage in Metro trains are monitored by the train operator as and when needed. Delhi Metro generally does not archive these if not needed for any investigations. “After eight hours of a day’s operation, the memory of the CCTV cameras is generally overwritten,” said the official.


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