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RTI reveals only 9-day storage of CCTV cameras in Chandigarh police stations

This came to fore in a reply by the Chandigarh police department to the right to information (RTI) application sought by a Burail resident, Terminder Singh Chaudhary. He had moved an application with the police for supplying CCTV footage of February 18 from 5 pm to 11pm.

punjab Updated: May 17, 2017 16:08 IST
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The recording of the first day of CCTV cameras gets automatically replaced on the 10th day.
The recording of the first day of CCTV cameras gets automatically replaced on the 10th day.(HT Photo)

Looking for evidence against police? Do not depend on the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the police posts as they are of little help with limited storage facility.

This came to fore in a reply by the Chandigarh police department to the right to information (RTI) application sought by a Burail resident, Terminder Singh Chaudhary. He had moved an application with the police for supplying CCTV footage of February 18 from 5 pm to 11pm.

The police department while turning down his request expressed inability to provide the CCTV footage. “The information sought by you is not available because the data of the CCTV footage saved in the hard disk is automatically deleted after 9 days,” said the reply while disposing of his request on May 13.

This means that the recording of the first day of CCTV cameras gets automatically replaced on the 10th day. Thus, the CCTV footage can be procured only within these 9 days.

Chaudhary, had moved the application to generate evidence to substantiate his allegations that his minor son was taken the Sector-45 police post where his neighbour has assaulted his son. He has already moved a complaint Chandigarh commission for protection of child rights (CCPCR) in this regard.

“We are being harassed by our neighbour in connivance with the police. I have lodged complaints but nothing has been done.

So finally I moved CCPCR and to substantiate my allegations I had asked for the CCTV footage of the cameras installed in the police post,” alleged Chaudhary.

The administration in 2008 had started the project of installing CCTV cameras in police stations and police posts of the city to keep ‘third eye vigil’. The cameras were to keep track of activities at strategic locations of the police post such as the main entrance, in-charge’s cabin, lock-up and other places. “The whole purpose is defeated with limited storage facility,” rued Chaudhary. “There is no plan as of now to enhance the storage capacity of the CCTV cameras, though upgrading is being planned but that is at a very nascent stage,” said Eish Singhal, SSP Chandigarh.

Only 7-day storage of CCTVs installed on traffic lights

Even the CCTV cameras installed on traffic lights across the city have seven-day storage, revealed the recent RTI information.