Kolkata, April 28: When a Union minister's safety is not ensured, what can the common people expect? On Sunday, a group of women located a hidden CCTV camera in the changing room of Aquatica, a popular entertainment park in Rajarhat area of Kolkata. [Fabindia store fiasco: Goa Police summons CEO, MD]
The women along with some local people protested against the park's management alleging that the CCTV cameras shot women changing inside the rooms and the pictures were being watched in another room. A part of the park was also ransacked during the protests.
Police personnel of South 24 Parganas validated the claim and seized the cameras containing the footage, said a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika on Monday. The park was locked on Sunday afternoon, the police said, the report said.
The camera was first spotted by a woman visitor in the afternoon and when she sought to inquire about it from the women security guards, they reportedly snapped the electric lines. The visitors then suspected foul play against the management and protested against it. At this, some male bouncers came and allegedly misbehaved with the women.
A police team from Leather Complex Police Station came to the spot and seized three CCTV cameras from the changing room along with laptops and other electronic gadgets. Some officials were also detained for questioning. The police said one of the cameras was functional and pictures of women changing were found in that. The other two cameras were not functional.
Sources in the park said the camera was installed very high to monitor the locker room and the lobby but the protesters said they were trying to defend themselves.
Recently, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani spotted a hidden camera in the changing room of a Fabindia store in Goa. It led to a major controversy nationally. But the Kolkata incident showed that nothing has changed even after the Irani episode.