CHANDIGARH: Following Friday's sensational stalking incident, which saw the son of Haryana BJP president chase the daughter of the state's additional chief secretary, it came to light that out of the 94 CCTV cameras installed at various points in the city, at least 23 of them have not been functional for at least a month.
The Chandigarh director general of police Tajinder Singh Luthra on Monday night claimed that the police had obtained the CCTV footage from five cameras and was examining them. But the fact is that the footage obtained by the police is not from the CCTVs installed by the Chandigarh Administration on that 7-Km long stretch. Rather, it is from five private cameras installed outside shops in Sector 7 and 26 on Madhya Marg (the main and busiest road of the city).
"One of the footage obtained showed two vehicles - a sedan and an SUV, which was seen speeding past 19 seconds after the sedan had passed. We suspect that the girl was in the sedan and the boy was chasing her in the SUV. We don't have a clear footage showing the face of the girl or the alleged accused. The registration number plates of the vehicles are also not visible,’’ said a police official.
He said that another footage showed the boys coming out of the liquor store in Sector 9, but again, they cannot be identified as there is a lot of rush and the footage is hazy.
Sources said that the Chandigarh Administration had installed 94 CCTV cameras in various parts of the city including different traffic light points and roundabouts. But since July, 23 of those have not been functioning. This means all the CCTVs on Madhya Marg from PGI to the Fun Republic Light Point were out of order. The maintenance of these cameras is done by the Engineering Wing of the administration.
When contacted, an official of the engineering wing said on condition of anonymity that all the cameras on Madhya Marg from PGI to the Railway Light Crossing were not functional as the cable got cut. The private company, which maintains these cameras was given a notice on July 25. However, the company failed to repair these cameras. Again on August 3, a legal notice was sent to the company.
Meanwhile, the police are silent on why the accused has not been called for a crime scene reconstruction.
The forensic experts have examined the Tata Safari of the accused.