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Police haul up commercial establishments for not installing CCTV

Panjim: The Goa Police have pulled up several commercial establishments as well as other premises for failing to install CCTV cameras despite repeated requests from the authorities. “In spite of repeated advice, they (pointing at different commercial and other hubs) do not pay heed to it.

The CCTV cameras are very useful at the time of investigation as it also helps to track the criminal. God quality CCTVs with recording facilities should be fitted as safety precaution, and to also help police in detection of crime,” Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said.

His comment comes in reference to a theft incident at Pernem in December 2018 wherein the burglar was also involved in the rape of a British backpacker at Canacona. Ramchandran Chendayellappa (30), a native of Tamil Nadu was arrested for the rape offense and the investigation further revealed he had also robbed a Mumbai couple of their valuables worth Rs 32 lakh.

While the Morjim hotel where the theft was reported did have CCTV cameras, it did not have the Digital Video Recorder, giving the police a tough time to trace the burglar. The accused’s arrest was possible as he was captured in the CCTV installed at a hotel in Canacona. The hotel owner Diljit Desai was awarded Rs 5,000 and a citation from the Goa Police for assisting them in cracking the case. The police teams were also felicitated for solving the two cases.

“It was a blind case. A lot of serious investigation was done wherein surveillance was maintained for many days and the teams were deployed at many places” the DGP. [H]

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