JAMMU/SRINAGAR, April 6: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have ordered commercial establishments, places of worship and markets in Srinagar and Doda districts to install CCTV cameras within 14 days, in a bid to to deter criminals, anti-social and anti-national elements.
The orders were issued by Doda District Magistrate Vikas Sharma and Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Aijaz Asad on Tuesday and would remain in effect for 60 days but can be changed sooner or extended beyond the period.
Any violation of the orders will result in prosecution under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, officials have warned.
In his order, Asad asked shopkeepers to notify police station officers at their nearest police stations in case they notice any suspicious movement or activity in the CCTV system.
“There are a number of banking and financial/business establishments such as banks/ATMs, jewelry stores, gas pumps, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, movie theatres, wine shops and beer shops, restaurants, clothing stores, showrooms, small markets, educational establishments, places of worship, bus stops, train stations, airports, hospitals and offices, where transactions are carried out in cash or in a place frequented by a large number of people with a probability of gathering 50 or more people at a time, where CCTV cameras are not installed to cover the areas exteriors of these establishments”, indicates the ordinance.
“In order to deter criminals, anti-social and anti-national elements from committing crimes, the installation of CCTV outside these establishments would work as a force multiplier, which would instill more confidence in the general public/customers visiting these establishments. institutions,” he added. .
The orders also set specifications such as a minimum resolution and 30-day power storage capacity for the camera systems to be installed.
The order issued by Sharma to Doda stipulated that the cameras should be installed in such a way as to cover the approach areas of the establishments as well as the entry and exit points of the car parks up to a distance of 40 meters.
“Given the prevailing persistent threat, linked to the recent increase in incidents of selective targeting of innocent citizens by anti-nationals and subversive elements, which requires several measures, including the use of appropriate technologies, to protect life and property,” the order read.
A CRPF jawan was killed and six people including four migrant workers and a Kashmiri pandit were injured in separate attacks by terrorists in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian districts on Sunday and Monday.
The chief superintendent of police in Doda was assigned to ensure the enforcement of the order in the district. (Agencies)