Dead NM studentís family seeks CCTV footage

An officer investigating the case said the footage the family was demanding had nothing to do with the incident. Cops say recovering the footage will take time

The family of Prasad Bagaria, a second-year student of Narsee Monjee College in Vile Parle West who fell to his death from the third floor of the college building on August 28, has accused police of delaying release of footage from CCTV cameras intalled on the premises and at the adjacent Jashoda Rang Mandir.

They approached police on September 1 and were promised the footage would be recovered soon. On September 13, however, they were told the footage had been overwrwitten and would be sent to engineers for recovery.

"Nothing has happened as promised. They (police) said they recovered only one small clip of about five minutes. When we asked about footage from other cameras on the premises, they said that footage had also been overwritten and only footage from August 29, the day after the incident, was available," said Prasad's father Rajnikant.

The family is angry. "The vantage point of the (five-minute) clip is a faraway corner, so we cannot make out anything clearly. We can only see him falling off from a distance and an object falling after him. This is very suspicious because some construction work was being carried out at the site and PoP boxes and steel pipes were stored where he fell," said Prasad's brother Janak.

Police, however, said it would take some time to recover the footage as a large amount of data was involved. "The harddisks which were overwritten have been sent to technical experts for recovery. The experts have said it [recovery] is a lengthy process," said Pratap Dighavkar, DCP, Zone 9.

An officer investigating the case said the footage the family was demanding had nothing to do with the incident. "They want a frontal view which does not show the incident. Recovering the data will cost us Rs 1 lakh and we had to make an application for it. It took a few days to submit the application and for it to be approved."

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