The persistent non-compliance by traders, banks, petrol pumps, liquor vends and various financial and other institutions of the police orders of installing close circuit TV (CCTV) cameras has miffed the police authorities, who have given a week's time to banks to install the cameras or face registration of cases against them.
The decision to enforce the order strictly has been taken in wake of Monday's incident of robbery, in which armed robbers decamped with Rs 55 lakh after shooting a commission agent at Karmon Deori in Amritsar's walled city area.
Banks will be required to get these cameras installed by October 1, failing which they would face action. Later, the police will also get strict with other institutions.
According to police commissioner Ram Singh, the orders passed under section 144 of the CrPC are repeated every three months, but have not yet been seriously followed by any of the banks, petrol pumps, business establishments and financial institutions.
He said the orders required to be implemented strictly in the interests of the security of the residents, especially in wake of Monday's incident. "The orders are repeated every three months since the times of my predecessors, but are yet to be followed by banks and various other institutions," said the police commissioner.
He said a week's time had been given to banks to put up CCTV cameras, failing which cases under section 188 of the IPC would be registered against those who failed to comply with the orders. "It is high time the public realised that the move was intended for their security. It is likely to go a long way in thwarting robberies like the one that took place on Monday," said Ram Singh.
The commissioner said beat boxes would be established in the Shastri Market area, where specially-deputed police teams would accompany traders to the banks. "Initially, the CCTV cameras will be installed in banks, but later they will get strict with other institutions so that they also installed them. There is also a proposal to install CCTV cameras at other places in the city in the interests of the security of the public," he said.