Police phones donít ring a bell

He added, "As far as the other phones are concerned, the procedure to procure a new phone connection is very lengthy. First the proposal goes to the home department and then to finance. I will personally follow this matter."

A staffer with a police chowky in Zone III said, "In a day a chowky staffer has to make a large number of calls to the main police station. We are doing this using our cell phones ever since the chowky started."

It may be recalled that about two years ago, former police commissioner Meern Borwankar had started a drive to strengthen the individual police chowkys as basic law and order units. A senior inspector attached to a police station said, "We must not forget that a chowky is even more important than a police station. It is close to people's houses and they know the staffers there. A police chowky without a phone is of no use."

According to an accounts division employee of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) said, "Some of the numbers have no phone sets, but have a connection. In some cases, it must be the other way round. Outgoing facility of some Pune police officer's numbers have also been barred, as their bills have not yet been paid."

Why don't they take calls?

Police station Chowkys* Reason

Khadak 7 Bill not paid

Deccan 2 Bill not paid

Warje 4 Bill not paid

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