Navi Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil held an important meeting today to discuss installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the state.
During his visit to Thane to participate in a function organised by the Thane police, he told reporters that almost 97 per cent of CCTV cameras in Mumbai city have been installed by the private parties and their maintainance is a major issue.
CCTV footage is not always useful for police investigations, and hence today's meeting was held to discuss the issue at length, he said.
Once installation of 5000 CCTV cameras is finalised for Mumbai, it will be extended to the other parts of the state including Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad which have sensitive locations, he said.
About the recent controversy over the Marathi Natya Parishad elections and a demand for a CID probe, Patil said that it was unfortunate that the body's elections should run into such a controversy.
Confirming that there was a demand for a CID probe, he said that it would be better if both rival groups sit together and reach an amicable solution to end the controversy.
Speaking at the function earlier, he said that it was absurd when the police officers ask citizens not to wear too much ornaments and move around.
To move around in the city freely is the right of citizens and the police is duty bound to provide them protection, he said.
The police department needs to regain society's confidence and society too should extend its help to this endevour, he said.