Saturday, April 5, 2008

Jharkhand to monitor Maoists through video cameras

The Jharkhand police is going hi-tech. It will install video cameras for surveillance in the Parasnath Hills, where an operation, carried out in coordination with the Central Reserve Police Force, unearthed a base of Maoist outfit this January. The cameras, to be put at vantage points in the thick forest, will have an in-built mechanism to automatically transmit footage to the central monitoring system, giving ample time for the police to chalk out an action plan if they spot any Naxal activity.

Sources in the state’s police department say that installing the cameras is part of measures to sanitize the region, a Jain pilgrimage centre. A special task force, on the lines of Andhra Pradesh’s “Greyhound,” is also being raised specifically to fight Naxalism, which has gained ground in 18 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts, the state’s director-general of police Vishnu Dayal Ram said

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