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SHILLONG | March 09:

The Meghalaya police department has sent a proposal to the State Government for installing of CCTV cameras in 45 incident prone areas across Shillong city.

“We had submitted a proposal of over Rs 1 crore to the State Government for this purpose,” Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Gabriel Iangrai informed here today.

He said that they had recently identified 45 incident prone areas after the recent sporadic incident which had taken place following the Ichamati clash.

“The locations which we have identified are areas which are sensitive in nature especially when there is law and order problem in the city,” Iangrai said.

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Meghalaya AIG said that he is not sure if the Government would implement this proposal in a phase manner or in one single phase.

When asked as to why the police is not proposing this through the police modernization scheme, he said that they will require the installation of CCTVs at the earliest.

“It will take time if we proposed this through the police modernization scheme since it will have to be examined by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Iangrai said.

He said that they have requested the State Government to sanction funds for the proposal to install CCTVs from the State plan.

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To a question whether or not the CCTVs which had already been installed are still functioning, AIG said that some of the existing CCTVs are not functioning anymore. “But most of the CCTVs are still functioning,” Iangrai said.

As per reports, many CCTV cameras have been either damaged or are dysfunctional at various locations.

To a query on how will it be ensured that the CCTV cameras won’t be destroyed or damaged yet again, Iangrai acknowledged that in many occasions it was damaged by miscreants using catapults and so they are planning to raise the elevation level this time around far from the reach of catapults.

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