High Court gives Maharashtra govt 4 weeks to install CCTV cameras inside police stations

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The Bombay high court demanded on Wednesday that the state government must take four weeks to set up closed circuit television cameras at all the strategic points inside 25 city police stations. It must include all the lock-up rooms, interrogation rooms and office cabins of senior inspectors.

The information was issued by Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi issued which stated that CCTV camera’s must be installed in 25 selected police stations in Mumbai. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the measure was planned to control custodial violence. Between year 1999 and 2013, Maharashtra recorded around 333 deaths.

A plea was registered by BPT Colony resident Leonard Valdaris which demanded investigation into the death of 25yr old son Agnelo. Three other people were charged as they snatched the chain. An FIR was filed against seven personnel from the Wadala GRP. The case has been transferred to CBI by High Court.

The judges were ordered that cameras must be installed at some places in police stations including lock-ups, interrogation rooms, office cabins of the station.

NCRB recorded the number of custodial deaths in Maharashtra was very high as compared to other states and it was reported 23.48 % of all custodial deaths in India.