With police not tracing bodies, the district administration has decided to install surveillance cameras under the water in the Bhakra Main Line (BML) canal upsteam of Khanauri.
The permanent iron net had been cast in the water at Khanuari on the Haryana border in Sangrur district to stop the current from washing bodies into Haryana. The bodies of many victims of suicide, accident, and murder are in the canal water, where the administration had installed two overhead cameras last year on the order of tghe Punjab and Haryana High court. It had failed to install underwater cameras because of delyed permission from the irrigation department.
The BML would be shut from April 23 for some days to install the cameras, the official spokesperson of the irrigation department said here on Friday. The direction is issued under the Northern India Canal and Drainage Act, 1873, looking at congenial weather and the status of crop. The underwater cameras would help the police keep tabs on crime along the canal and fish bodies at the earliest, said deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul.
"Deciding on some petition last year, the high court took a serious note of how the bodies were allowed to rot in the water," said the DC. "The installation will begin from Monday after the water level recedes." The administration has also delopyed a permanent ambulance near the canal for assistance to victim's families. A senior officer in the police department said underwater cameras would would help identify criminals.