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RESTORATION: Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran handing over recovered jewellery to the owners on Thursday.
RESTORATION: Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran handing over recovered jewellery to the owners on Thursday.

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Companies asked to submit proposals

CHENNAI: The traffic police are facing problems with malfunctioning of surveillance cameras at some traffic junctions and efforts are on to replace them, said Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, he said some cameras were not functioning while a few others had poor resolution. “There is also a connectivity problem with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) which we are working on,” he said.

Elaborating on the issue, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M. Shakeel Akhter said cameras were not functioning at eight junctions, including the Ega Theatre Junction on Poonamallee High Road.

“The cameras are six-year-old and we have asked some companies to study and submit proposals for replacing them. There is connectivity problem at about 17 junctions which we have taken up with the service provider. All cameras would be made to function with proper resolution soon,” Mr. Shakeel said.

Non-payment of salaries

Mr. Rajendran said many employees were lodging complaints with the police about non-payment of salaries by their employers. Stating that it could be due to recession, he said the petitioners, mostly Information Technology (IT) professionals, had given complaints accusing their companies of not disbursing salaries for a few months.

“There are also many complaints pertaining to relationships… some in the family and other involving majors. On complaints like these, legal action cannot be taken straightaway. Some counselling is required which we are arranging. However, when a cognizable offence is made out, police take firm action,” he said.

Instructions were given to police officials to ensure that public were dealt with cordially at police stations.

Referring to complaints, received from school students, that teachers were harassing them, he said that the Department of School Education should sensitise teachers to such harassment charges.

The Chennai police are taking stringent action to put down rowdyism and 60 accused persons have been detained under the Goondas Act in the last 45 days, Mr. Rajendran added.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) M. Ravi, Joint Commissioners of Police S.N. Seshasai (North) and V.A. Ravikumar (Central) were present.

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