Dec. 27: A day after issuing guidelines for bars, discotheques and restaurants for the smooth conduct of New Year-eve parties, police today asked them to ensure that closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were installed properly and had night-vision facility to prevent anything untoward.
Police sources said even as installation of CCTV cameras was made mandatory after the GS Road molestation case, it has been found that many bars and discos were not installing good quality cameras, thereby making crime prevention difficult.
“We have received reports that some bars installed one or two CCTVs fearing action by the administration. In one case, it was found that the camera was with poor visual range and installed in such a way that it could not cover the entire room. This makes the job of the investigators tough in case of an untoward incident,” a police official said.
A CCTV camera is installed to capture visuals of the location round-the-clock and keep watch on the visitors. Many shops, malls, jewellery showrooms and private buildings here have installed CCTVs to prevent incidents of theft, burglary and other trouble, as it helps them to identify criminals and accordingly arrest them.
The Kamrup (metro) district administration had made installation of CCTVs in lounge bars, discotheques and hotels, keeping in mind the incidents of misbehaviour by visitors under the influence of alcohol. The cameras were made mandatory to ensure that men visiting the places do not harass the women or consume drugs.
There are 128 licensed bars in Guwahati but many of the small ones are not properly following the guidelines for installation of CCTV cameras. “According to the complaints we have received, small bars are installing cameras which are not able to cover the entire hall or installed in a corner. As a result, when customers commit illegal acts, they are likely to get away with it. This time we are going to be strict and check the installed cameras before the December 31 parties,” the official said.
Sources said the issue also came up in yesterday’s joint meeting convened by the Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri. The inspector-general of police (central western range) L.R. Bishnoi and senior superintendent of police (city) A.P. Tiwari asked the excise department to carry out an inspection of the cameras installed in the bars and discos.
Akhtar Hussain Laskar, proprietor of Indus Surveillance, which sells CCTV cameras and other security gadgets, at Bhangagarh, said, “People should always go for branded cameras. The prices of the branded products maybe a little more but compromising on the quality would defeat the actual purpose of installing them. Normally, discotheques use indoor cameras but if the hall is very big, it is advisable to install outdoor cameras with night-vision facility.”