Pilibhit effect: Parties stock up on spy ware
What with Varun Gandhi’s indictment in a hate speech case, political parties’ agents are flocking to dealers of spying equipment so that they can record evidence against their opponents. Chetan Chauhan reports.india Updated: Apr 03, 2009 02:09 IST
Spycams, voice bugs and tracker devices are in great demand in the political arena these days.
What with Varun Gandhi’s indictment in a hate speech case, political parties’ agents are flocking to dealers of spying equipment so that they can record evidence against their opponents. Also, many leaders are using technology to keep track of party members.
Last week, a man claiming to be the representative of a Congress candidate from Andhra Pradesh bought 30 spycams and voice bugs for Rs 7 lakh. “It is a war situation. If we can get any evidence of the rivals’ malpractice based on which the Election Comm-ission can initiate action, it would be money well spent,” said the representative, who refused to give out his name.
“All of them (parties) want gadgets that capture high quality content of 520 television frames which can be used as clinching evidence in a court of law,” said Sanjeev Deshwal, director of a Delhi-based detective agency. Deshwal said five candidates from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have already hired him to record evidence.
Another detective agency head Kunwar Vikram Singh said many candidates are worried about dissidence within rather than other contestants. A BJP candidate bought GPS equipment to track vehicles of his workers. “It will help us keep a tab on whether workers are actually campaigning,” said B.S. Ram Mohan, who had come to buy the equipment.
Shops selling spying equipment at Palika Bazaar are getting more enquiries from political outfits than ever before. “You can call it Varun effect. Everyone has realised, that strong evidence against opponents is a huge benefit. For us, it has meant 15 to 20 per cent increase in sales,” said Rajinder Jain, a shop-owner at Pailka.
Most candidates go for the Chinese equipment as it costs 40 to 45 per cent less than the American products.