CCTV found in changing room of Kolkata water park sparks protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2015 08:33 IST

Within a month of union education minister Smriti Irani spotting CCTV cameras in the trial room of a FabIndia outlet in Goa, the manager of a prominent water theme park at the southern fringes of Kolkata was detained on Sunday after a women spotted CCTV cameras inside park's changing room.

The shocking revelation sparked outrage among the visiters who vandalised the water park compound following which the police seized all the cameras to examin the recorded footage.

“We have seized the camera and detained two persons. We are examining the footage. Primary investigation hints that the complaint was true,” South 24-Parganas superintendent of police, Praveen Tripathy, told HT.

“We will take appropriate measures to deal with the crime,” he added.

Police said a middle-aged woman, who hails from Dum Dum in the northern fringes of the city, spotted the cameras installed on the ceiling of the changing room. She raised an alarm following which her family members expressed their anger in this regard.

“Why should there be a CCTV camera inside the changing room? Moreover, the authorities heckled several women when we went to protest,” one of the agitators complained.

Agitators said that the incident involving Irani had been an eye-opener to them and since then they have been cautious about CCTV cameras during their visit to any trial rooms at such places.

“The administration should ensure that CCTV cameras are not installed where they should not have been,” said another agitator, unwilling to be named.

Soon, forces from the Kolkata Leather Complex police station reached the spot and detained park's manager and another employee. The authorities, however did not receive calls from HT.

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