Sangrur police has won an award under the category, 'Excellence in Public-Private Partnership in Public Safety and Security.' Former senior superintendent of police MS Sidhu will receive the award, instituted by the Security Watch India (SWI), on behalf of the district police in Delhi on September 9. Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju would preside over the function.
MS Sidhu had started the 'Surveillance System for Safe Society' (S4) in March 2013, when he got installed about 2,963 CCTV cameras in the whole of the district. Sidhu told HT here on Saturday, "The total cost of the project was nearly Rs 22 lakh. The cameras were installed without any government funding. Even the maintenance cost was not borne by any government agency."
Out of total of 2,963 CCTV cameras, 97 are installed in Amargargh sub-division, 243 in Malerkotla, 633 in Dhuri, 1,155 in Sangrur, 259 in Sunam, 278 in Dirba and 298 in Moonak sub-division. Most of the cameras are installed on main roads and near or around police posts and stations. But at some places police roped in commercial establishments like petrol pumps. "These cameras are regularly checked to ensure there is no mal-functioning," Sidhu added.
The initiative, he continued, was taken by the police under private-public partnership and was financially backed by different NGOs, unions and social organisations. The police only played the role of a motivator and provided technical assistance. "These cameras have helped the police to crack three important cases in the district. It is a story of CCTV cameras recording and cops catching criminals," he added.
Cases CCTV cameras helped solve
*Blind case of Kamaldeep Singh of Bhullarheri, who was found murdered on March 29, 2014 on Malerkotla road in Dhuri. Accused Sukhwant Singh was identified through CCTV footage.
*Helped by his associates, accused Hardeep Singh of Mahalkallan escaped from police custody, near Katron village in December 2013, when he was being taken to jail after a hearing in the court. The car number and its make, as also the accused, were identified through CCTV footage.
*Sub-divisional officer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Dharam Pal was kidnapped from Ranike-Dhuri road by some unidentified persons, who later demanded ransom. Movement of the kidnappers car was tracked through different CCTV cameras and abductors traced in June 2014.