Hyderabad: As part of community policing, the minister for labour and employment, Malla Reddy, and the Rachakonda commissioner of police, Mahesh Bhagwat, inaugurated 136 CCTV cameras in Keesara and Ankireddypally villages on 9 April.

The total cost of the project is around Rs. 30 lakhs that was donated by locals of Keesara and also collected through GP funds at Ankireddypally village. The cameras were installed at strategic locations covering the entry and exits, main routes, and crime-prone areas of the localities.

As of Friday, 523 community CCTV cameras and 3692 Nenu Saitham cameras have been installed and geotagged in Keesara police station limits which include 101 CCTV cameras arranged at Keesara gutta during Shivarathri Brahmotsvalu.

Addressing the gathering, the minister, Mr. Malla Reddy, said that CCTV cameras are the best way to maintain law and order and prevent crimes. He urged the citizens and public representatives to come forward and install more cameras in their respective areas.

Mr. Bhagwat reiterated that one CCTV camera is equal to 100 police personnel and that was why much importance was being given to the installation of CCTV cameras in Rachakonda. So far, around 1,25,000 CCTV cameras have been installed in the Rachakonda limits, he added.

The commissioner further said that recently important cases were solved with the help of CCTV cameras. He cited the recent kidnapping of a two-year-old minor boy from Saroornagar. The police had tracked him down through CCTV footage within 30 hours of his abduction.

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