To keep an eye on manhandling of traffic cops on duty and catch unruly commuters, Ranchi traffic police department for the first time has equipped constables, manning thoroughfares in the city, with hi-tech spy cameras.
The department had procured 100 button cameras a fortnight ago and fitted them in cops’ uniforms. These cameras have been distributed in a way that at least one camera captures the behaviour of traffic violators at every square.
The decision was taken in the wake of alleged rowdy behaviour by a few car owners with traffic cops during regular checks. Some of the violators even boasted about their political clout and bureaucratic links to scare constables and escape the challan (fine).
Ranchi superintendent of police (traffic) Sanjay Ranjan Singh said the rowdy behaviour of well-to-do car owners in the city, especially those belonging to political parties here, has been a cause for concern for the police. “But from now on, if one misbehaves, refuses to cooperate, or tries and threatens the cops, his car will be towed and he will be taken to police station. The recording in the button camera will be used as evidence against the violator.”
Earlier, SUVs on many occasions with badges of regional and national political parties were allowed to go without checking due to pressure from influential vehicle owners, but now traffic cops would have more solid evidence against the violators with the help of spy cameras, Singh said.
The button cameras can record four hours of video and it can be saved for future references.
A total of 350 traffic cops are deployed to regulate traffic on Ranchi roads.