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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  urging  people to carry out sting operations to catch the corrupt red-handed has suddenly ushered a demand for spycams in the capital.Spycam, a device which was earlier thought

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 15, 2015 17:13 IST ]
delhi the new haven for sting operations
delhi the new haven for sting operations

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  urging  people to carry out sting operations to catch the corrupt red-handed has suddenly ushered a demand for spycams in the capital.

Spycam, a device which was earlier thought to be exclusive for journalist and whistle blowers has now become a common weapon for the common people who are trying to disclose acts of corruption or the various instances of harassments at workplace

Businessmen who deals in the spycam selling business has infact said that their business has picked up after Aam Aadmi Party's first tenure in Delhi. 

Aam Aadmi party during its tenure has asked the people of Delhi to record any acts of corruption through spy cam or conduct a sting operation which can be used a proof against the guilty.

The  advantage of such devices are  that they are easily  available for as less as Rs 2,000, can record for upto eight hours and be hidden in just about anything.

However, pens, buttons, key chains, pen drives and sun glasses installed with spy cams are the most sought-after because of their price -- between Rs 400 and Rs 5,000 --

A store in west Delhi which  offers spycams that are  fitted in mosquito repellants, table clocks, calendars, televisions, neck-ties, pendants, room fresheners and even shaving cream tubes.

HR Chauhan who runs the business of selling spycams  while speaking to an English daily has said  “there has been a decline in corruption” because people know there can be a spycam anywhere,”

“Just yesterday I sold a spycam to two girls fed up of harassment in their office. Different kinds of people come to us. It may be a secretary planning to expose her boss or people involved in property. Those trying to bust corruption buy it often,” Chauhan added.

With the growing demand for spycams which were earlier imported from China and Israel has now compelled traders to set up their own Research & Development wings.

“We usually get 20-30 orders from across the country every day. We have so many prototypes to choose from. And there is the option of cash on delivery,” said a trader who did not wish to be named.

Social scientist Ashis Nandy said “Public, bureaucracy, government and the police do not trust each other. Government keeps things secret and people want to break the code,” This has resulted in the incidents of spying with the hidden cameras a trending one.

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