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    Published On : Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

    Phones in city police stations turn out to be too hot to handle as cops fail to respond

    In today’s situation of unstoppable  crimes like murders, chain-snatching, robberies on streets, house-breaking, fraud, kidnapping, rape, molestation, violence, clash-group clash, accidents of all nature and other notable crimes, communication warrants focus. Communication in the nick of time can sometimes stop a crime before it is committed. A criminal can be arrested, valuables and lives can be saved, accidents can be minimized, harmony can be maintained and peace can be established. All we need is proper communication.

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    Nagpur News: The simple-looking, frequently touched landline phone is turning out to be too hot to handle now-a-days. The piece of landline phone, a hotline, installed in 24-odd police stations across Nagpur City, is getting out of touch, or for that matter say, being not touched by the authorities-to-be.

    This ever growing disturbing phenomenon, being witnessed in the Second Capital City of Nagpur, is bringing to the fore the lackadaisical attitude adopted by authorities in Police Stations. And no hazard to guess the victim of this attitude. The victim is all important communication. The increasing communication gap is giving birth to various crimes of serious nature, instilling fear among citizens and spreading a message that all is not well in police department. The police authorities now-a-days do not receive the calls made on their landline phones of police stations. May be out of fear of getting exposed to the reality or misinforming the situation or shirking the responsibility. The receiver of the landline phone is simply disengaged from the phone and kept aside so that the caller never reaches the concerned authority as he or she constantly gets engaged tone. Again the sufferer is common citizen.

    In today’s situation of unstoppable  crimes like murders, chain-snatching, robberies on streets, house-breaking, fraud, kidnapping, rape, molestation, violence, clash-group clash, accidents of all nature and other notable crimes, communication warrants focus. Communication in the nick of time can sometimes stop a crime before it is committed. A criminal can be arrested, valuables and lives can be saved, accidents can be minimized, harmony can be maintained and peace can be established. All we need is proper communication.

    However, the contrary is happening. An emergency call to landline phone in police stations specifically Hudkeshwar, Dhantoli, Sonegaon, Sitabuldi, Sadar, Pachpaoli, Jaripatka goes in vain as it is rarely responded or at the most diverted. And even if the call is responded, the replier hesitates to take notice of the situation by indulging in improper replies. Most of the times, the reply is vague in nature. Even the Press, the Fourth Pillar of Indian Democracy, is misinformed when it comes to sharing information about any crime or general information. However, the proverbial “Exception” applies to the phenomenon.

    The report is based on a true incident. When a person dialed the landline phone number of Hudkeshwar Police Station, he was bewildered to find the phone responding with engaged tone constantly for more than two hours. The person, totally confused and clueless on the prevailing situation, decided to dash to the police station personally and have an eye over the phone. When he reached there, he was taken aback to find receiver of the phone disengaged from the phone and lying idle nearby. And a stone-faced police authority busy in his paper work. The person, not to be taken lightly by the development, decided to capture the scenario in lens himself or through a source. And he did it with aplomb. The person then shared the “scenic” photograph with Nagpur Today and even narrated the “script” behind the scene.

    From that moment, Nagpur Today decided to take the matter to its logical end. Now, Nagpur Today has appealed its lakhs of readers to rush to us with such experiences in words and graphics. Nagpur Today will go public by flashing the report instantly. The affected or alert citizens can directly come to Nagpur Today or call on the helpline numbers: 0712-6450860 or 8411834786. Our Crime Reporter Ravikant Kamble can be contacted for details.

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