So much for CCTV cover! 86 of 100 didn’t work
The gang war on the busy Karkardooma Court premises on Wednesday has exposed the Delhi Police claim of providing foolproof security in Delhi courts. Out of the 100 CCTVs cameras installed on the court premises, 86 are dysfunctional, said sources. Even the door-framed metal detectors (DFMDs) installed to check those entering courts are not working. The security apparatus is so lenient that the armed gang members had an unhindered entry to the court.
The court complex having jurisdiction over East and North-East police districts lacks security personnel and necessary equipment for guarding the busy court premises where thousands of people, including judges, lawyers, court staff and litigants throng every day. After the incident, The Pioneer took stock of the prevailing security apparatus on and around the court premises.
A major loophole was found on the entry itself where the DFMDs installed were not working properly and most of the people entering court did not even bother to get in through the detector. The police also did not evince any keen interest in frisking people.
A total of six scanning machines and six metal detectors are being used at the court, but the machines are gathering dust as they are neither functioning nor being used for security purposes.
A senior lawyer at Shahdara Bar Association said, “As per the reports we received last month, out of more than 100 CCTVs installed on the court premises, 86 have been found to be dysfunctional.” The condition has not improved as authorities seem least bothered to make these equipments functional or change these with new ones.
“Right behind the court, there is Judicial Complex where all the judges reside, including District Judge (East) Talwant Singh. The area is highly vulnerable to any kind of threat and no action has been taken to beef up the security,” said Sandeep Kumar Sharma, a young lawyer.
Shahdara Bar Association president Mahesh Sharma said, “The accused used the lawyers’ entry gate and this raises a question on security scenario in the court. The police should allow only lawyers having valid passes to enter the court.”
“Every day a number of criminals appear for case hearing, where lawyers, judges and common people walk in and around together. What if the criminals attack lawyers, judges or litigants,” said another lawyer.
The police officers deployed at the police post situated on the Karkardooma Courts premises too lamented the inadequate number of police personnel for securing the court premises. “How can only 80 personnel secure such a huge complex. It is just impossible and we need more people in our team,” said a police official.
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