To comply with the Supreme Court order within the deadline, the AP Police has prepared a plan with a budget outlay of Rs 80 crore to bring all the police stations in the state under CCTV surveillance and recording equipment. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday slammed Governments of various states for their lax approach towards implementing its direction to install CCTV cameras in all the police stations.
The apex court stressed that CCTV systems that had to be installed would need to be equipped with night vision and necessarily consist of audio as well as video footage. Importantly, the recording system should be such that the data stored therein is preserved for 12 to 18 months. Speaking to the media, AP Police Technical Services wing chief, G Pala Raju (DIG), said even before the Supreme Court order, AP police had begun installing two CCTV cameras at two lock-ups (male and female) in the 534 crime-prone police stations in the state.
“As Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy directed the police department to ensure speedy justice, transparency in policing and protect human rights, two CCTV cameras were installed under the guidance of the DGP Gautam Sawang,” Pala Raju said. “Following the SC order, we will install 10 more CCTVs in each police station besides server and recording equipment. The 12 cameras will bring the entire premise, except the washrooms, of police stations under surveillance,” he said.