Chennai: After a long gap of more than a year after 24-year-old techie Swathi was gruesomely hacked to death, Nungambakkam Railway Station where the incident took place has finally got CCTV cameras. A total of 13 cameras have been installed so far with money from Nirbaya Fund.
Techie Swathi was gruesomely murdered by her stalker during the early hours at Nungambakkam railway station. The murdered Ramkumar was caught after a long drama. The absence of CCTV cameras in the station was widely mentioned as the reason for the inability of the police to identify the killer. Putting an end to women’s insecurity, RailTel has installed 13 cameras till now in the station at various points.
RailTel, a Mini Ratna PSU, has fixed the cameras with the help of Nirbaya Fund, a Central fund scheme created exclusively for women’s safety.
‘Works are still going on. We have placed a rotating CCTV at the ticket counter which will help us see the passengers enter and exit the premises. For additional security, we have placed two cameras on the platform where the ladies compartment stops,’ said a railway official.
He also said that these two cameras are placed between the station master room and the camera control room, so in times of need, there would be an official present. “Cameras are also installed on the third and fourth platform which can benefit the passengers,” he added.
“It is really nice to know that efforts have been made to place cameras in the station. Now, we can travel without much worry. Hearing Swathi’s murder was shocking. I also hope there will be police officials at the evening which will help women like me feel even more safe,” said a college student.