Kumar Rajiv Nayan

Ara : Installation of CCTV cameras at different points in Bhojpur district is hanging fire for the past six months. With a view to tighten noose on criminals, 70 CCTV cameras were to be installed at several sensitive points in Bhojpur district on the direction of the Police Headquarters in 2016 and a proposal in this regard was sent to the police headquarters for its approval but the file is gathering dust for the last six months.

Bhojpur SP Kshatranil Singh had sent a list of places where CCTVs were to be installed at Ara and other places in Bhojpur district to the Police Headquarters on June 5, 2016. In the first phase, the CCTVs were to be installed at Gopali Chowk, Sheesh Mahal Chowk, Dharman Chowk, Shivgnaj, Judge Kothi Mor, Dhobi ghatawa, Old Police Line, Gangi, Eastern Railway Crossing, Dharahara, Chandawa roundabout, Sapana Cinema Mor while in second phase the CCTVs were to be installed at different strategic points in Piro, Jagdishpur, Bihia, Shahpur and other places.

IG, Patna,  Nayyar Hasnain, said that the police headquarters had  demanded proposals from Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas, Kaimur, Nalanda and other districts for the installation of CCTVs and proposals have been received. He said that the CCTVs would be installed phasewise and it would take some time. He said CCTVs had been installed at Patna and Bodh Gaya so far and the installation would be completed in other districts too but it would take time as it was a big project. He said only installation of CCTVs is not enough, a control room is also to be installed for its monitoring.

A number of businessmen have installed CCTVs at their business establishments at Ara for security reasons and  police frequently take help of their CCTVs footage in nabbing criminals. In 2014, miscreants had escaped with gold wroth about Rs 4 crore from Mannupuram Gold Loan office under Nawada police station, Ara,  and police succeeded in busting the gang with the help of CCTV footage there.

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