SHILLONG, Sep 06: Taking note of a surge in the number of crimes in the city, Police have urged shopkeepers to install CCTV surveillance in their business premises.
Such CCTV footage can come in very handy in prevention and solving crimes and the same holds true for the recent murder of a street vendor at Keating Road wherein police are currently studying CCTV footage from establishments in the surrounding area.
Commenting on the status of this particular case, the Superintendent of Police (SP) (City), Vivek Syiem said that this case is being treated as a special report case.
“We are still investigating into the matter by looking at all angles. The field is wide but I am sure we will narrow down and catch the culprits,” he said.
Anjana Sinha, a street vendor, who sold food items at Khyndailad was brutally murdered at Keating Road on September 3. The incident took place at around 1 am after she shut her shop and had gone to store her goods.
In this regard, the SP said that at the moment police are yet to ascertain whether it is a case of murder for gain or whether there was any sexual assault, which will be known after receiving the post mortem report.
He also said that no money was found on the victim’s body but her ornaments were intact. Syiem also said there is no prima facie evidence or no pointer as to her husband’s involvement in the case.
Asked whether patrolling has intensified in the area after the incident, Syiem said that patrolling has always been intensified in all strategic places but the incident happened in a corner and remote place.
He also urged hawkers who are engaged with their business activities till late night to be more careful while adding that women in particular should avoid going alone to dark and isolated areas.
Returning to the issue of the CCTV surveillance, Syiem said, “Shopkeepers can always seek assistance of the police on the resolution and placement of the cameras as it is also important that they are facing outward.”
Meanwhile, police have also submitted a proposal to install another 30 additional CCTVs in strategic locations which are yet to be covered. One of the locations identified is the junction near the Raj Bhavan. This however is yet to get the approval of the state government.