Even as devotees gather in large numbers at the Mecca Masjid, it has come to light that 13 of the 23 closed-circuit television cameras installed in the masjid are not working and the remaining 10 are not fully functional.
Following this, Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan has written to the state government seeking the immediate release of funds to repair them.
According to sources, Khan has written to chief secretary S V Prasad and minority welfare principal secretary Mohammed Ali Rafat seeking funds for repair work at the earliest as the masjid is attracting thousands of devotees in view of the holy season. “While 13 CCTV cameras are completely out of order, the remaining are having technical problems because of which the clarity and visibility of the recorded picture is greatly reduced,” he said.
The state government installed CCTV cameras in two city mosques under its control, Mecca Masjid near Charminar and the Royal Mosque inside the Public Gardens at Nampally.
The installation of CCTVs in the other mosques was left to the respective managing committees in view of the sensitivity of the issue. According to sources, 10 of them have gone in for CCTVs. Investigations by the city police revealed that most of the mosques in the city are not equipped with cameras and in religious places where cameras are installed they do not work.
“Since the community is by and large opposed to the recording of their religious activity, the cameras are not being maintained and hence getting rendered dysfunctional very soon,” said a police official.
The state government even proposed installation of metal detectors in some of the important mosques but that decision is yet to gain the acceptance of religious leaders. TOI