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‘Safe’ Guwahati: How Assam Police Plans to Add More Eyes to Boost Surveillance

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A review meeting discussed performance of the Guwahati police, law and order, crime, and the force’s future road map for the next year
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BREAKING: Parts of Guwahati City declared 'Restricted Area'
Dighali Pukhuri park in Guwahati | File

Guwahati: It was on November 21 when Guwahati witnessed one of the most horrific incidents of murder when one Ranjit Bora, a trader associated with Assam’s popular milk brand Purabi Dairy, was shot dead in broad daylight in the city’s Panjabari locality by unidentified assailants. Some 10 days have passed and it’s yet to be clear who were the assailants as the city police have not disclosed anything officially so far.

Police sources claimed, “The killers were hired and might have fled the state already.”  It’s believed that with no adequate surveillance mechanism in place at the entry and exit points of the city has added to the woe.

A recent review meeting of the city police with top state police officials has reportedly highlighted the lack of proper CCTV surveillance mechanisms across the city as one of the major loopholes of the security blanket over the city.

Not only Bora’s murder but the city has witnessed a sharp rise in criminal activities off-late with multiple incidents of murder, chain snatching, theft, burglary, etc found to be occurring often. In many of these cases, the perpetrators allegedly evaded arrests with inadequate CCTV surveillance in place.

Conceptualized after Assam’s most horrific militant attack in 2008 by National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) militants where over 90 people died and 400 others were injured, work for the CCTV surveillance project in the city began in 2013. However, an adequate CCTV surveillance cover over the city was yet to turn into a reality.

“During the recent review meeting, the Assam police department decided to install IP (Internet Protocol) and SIM-based CCTV cameras at all entry and exit points in Guwahati. The installation of cameras at city entry and exit points is expected to be completed within 45 days or so, with funds provided by Assam Police headquarters,” said Assam police’s special  DGP (Law and Order), GP Singh.

Singh along with the Commissioner of Police, Joint Commissioner of Police, all Deputy Commissioners of Police, Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police, Assistant Commissioners of Police, and Officers in Charge (OC) of the Guwahati Police were present in the review meeting.

The meeting covered the general performance of the Guwahati police, law and order, crime, and the force’s future road map for the next year.

Singh added that the meeting planned to make a roadmap to ensure better public safety and how to go ahead regarding unsolved cases in the city. It also focused on how to use technology to improve policing for citizens.

Sources added that the city police have already identified the locations where the CCTV cameras will be installed.

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