Order to recover cost of missing bodycam in Vadodara from retired ASI

by Ana Lopez

A total of 4,550 body-worn cameras were provided to police in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara in May 2022, to record real-time evidence in cases of police-public clashes and help prove crimes. However, these body-worn cameras have now become a point of debate among state police departments. The reason is that the police department has ordered the ASI, who retired on September 9, 2022, to pay the cost of the missing bodycam.
A letter written by the Planning and Modernization Department of the Gujarat Police asked that the cost of the body-worn camera – Rs 46,550 plus 18% GST of Rs 8,370 be recovered from ASI Roopchand. Who was allotted a camera for settlement and patrolling duty in Vadodara and lost it in the course of duty.
According to a letter from the Planning and Modernization Department of Gujarat Police to the office of DCP (Traffic) Vadodara, the then ASI Bharat Roop Chand, posted in Traffic East in Vadodara, was allotted Body Warn Camera (Mode-2) model number x81621089. The camera went missing while the ASI was on patrol and settlement duty.
According to sources, an entry was made in the station diary of the Panigat police station regarding the loss of the camera. The investigation regarding the camera was handed over to a PSI level officer of the Panigat police. Police were unable to trace the camera so the investigation was concluded.
The letter issued on March 6 mentioned that the lost bodycam is unlikely to be found in future and the ASI himself agreed to compensate for the camera. The letter also mentions that the Vadodara Police has also opined that the costs must be recovered. Rs. 8,379 inclusive of GST, the camera is priced at Rs. 54,929.

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