Following the sexual assault and murder of three minor girls in Cuffe Parade since November 2011, the police are now fixing CCTV cameras in the locality to thwart more incidents.
In the latest gruesome incident, the body of a two year-old girl was found floating in the sea on April 19.
The thickly populated Ambedkar Nagar slum will now be under electronic surveillance, as five CCTV cameras are expected to be operational from today. The police expect that the cameras will help them keep tabs on suspicious activities in the area.
An officer from the Cuffe Parade police station said that all cameras have 360 degrees night vision up to 50 metres. They also possess automatic zooming facility, which will help get clear footage.
One of the cameras has been fixed a few metres away from the police station, on the first floor of a structure. The camera’s recorder will be placed in the house of a local named Khurshid Ahmed, who owns a cloth shop nearby.
Ahmed said: “The cameras will help create fear in the mind of those who indulge in petty crimes, which are routine here. I have no problem with the recorder being kept in my house. These unfortunate incidents should stop.”
Apart from the spot near the police station, one CCTV each will be put up near the Backbay bus depot, Veej Bhawan, Badhwar Park slums and Ganesh Murti Nagar. All cameras have a recording capacity of a month, an engineer who was fixing one of the cameras on Monday told HT.
With the probe not moving ahead, the police are still interrogating suspects from the area and have conducted DNA profiling tests of 785 suspects so far.
A meeting was held at the Cuffe Parade police station on Monday, which was attended by the Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rajnish Seth, Additional Commissioner of Police (South) Naval Bajaj, Deputy Commissioner (Zone I) Chhering Dorje and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Colaba Division) Iqbal Shaikh. Dorje said: “We have not received anybody’s DNA reports yet so there is no reason of giving a clean chit. We are investigating the serial killer angle, however, other angles are also being probed.”