Policing Police: SHRC Notice To Govt On CCTV’s In Police Stations

SRINAGAR: State Human Right Commission today issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police and Principal Secretary Home to consider the installation of CCTV cameras in all Police Stations across the state and to file report in the instant case.

Acting on the petition filed by Human Rights Activist Deepak Sharma, to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras in Police Station, the SHRC today issued notices to Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP, sources here said.

They said that the notices were issued by the double bench of SHRC comprising Rafiq Fida and Amolak Singh, members State Human Rights Commission.

The activist in the petition, had averred that the police, who are entrusted with the task of maintaining law and order, usually take recourse of third degree methods during interrogation which sometimes even results in deaths and there is unjust fear in the mind of common man who sometimes even avoid going to police stations to report any crime meted out to them and the faith can be reimposed by adopting such people friendly measures.

The programme of modernising policing in the state will make the functioning of police stations transparent, more people friendly and on record, as the cameras will videograph all the proceedings of the police stations and the allegations of refusal to lodge complaints, FIRs and harassment could be dealt efficiently and to ensure human rights, as at present in the absence of any proof the erring police officials are not punished, he added.

There are 193 police stations in the state and the mechanism proposed by the activist can help to curb the human rights violations in Police Stations and moreover it would add to security of the Police Stations as well, said the activist.

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