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Camera cops to check crimes

- Video footage leads to 8 arrests in Sonari attack case

Jamshedpur, Dec. 14: Video cameras are the new weapons of Jamshedpur police in their battle against lawbreakers.

According to a directive issued by SP (city) Karthik S. to all 17 police stations in the city on Saturday, unlawful activities by individuals or groups at public places will have to be recorded on video cameras.

Policemen, who go to the trouble sites after being informed, will carry digital cameras that have the option of video and record the proceedings. This, the officers believe, will help in easy identification of the culprits.

Even police stations will be under surveillance.

The missive was issued after joint efforts by Bistupur, Kadma and Sonari police stations today led to the arrests of eight youths involved in the attack on Sonari police station on Wednesday.

“This morning, our men conducted searches at Tilu Bhatta slum and identified those involved in the incident through video footage. All police stations have thus been asked to always keep their digital cameras ready so that they can be used without wastage of time,” said the city SP.

A total of 25 people were allegedly involved in the attack on Sonari police. Four were nabbed on Thursday morning.

The mob was angry because police picked up a slum dweller, Pramanik Purty, for allegedly snatching a mobile phone on Marine Drive the previous evening. Although slum residents stormed the police station and secured Pramanik’s release on that day itself, they came back next day to attack the police station.

The eight arrested today are Sashi Sekhar Prasad, a registered medical practitioner who apparently has links with BJP leaders, Arun Kumar Sen, Pradeep Gorai, Ram Gope, Manjit Kumar, Ram Kumar Munda, Santosh Gope and Chakro Hansda.

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