Chandigarh: Senior Police officials in Punjab now fear of their subordinates! It sounds awkward but this is a fact. All thanks to the smart phones equipped with the recording software that the senior cops now avoid having telephonic communication with the junior lot.
“Whatever comes in conversation gets recorded in their cell phones, which may prove quite risky as many a times we have to pass some ‘unofficial’ and ‘unethical’ directions for getting things done,” tells a senior cop of Malwa region, while expressing his concern. Disturbed over the practice of recording, Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind has finally issued an order, directing the whole of cadre in his district to ensure that their mobile phones don’t have such recording software.
A letter from the SSP office, bearing the signature of the district top cop, with a diary number 13948-98 B-2, states that it came to his notice that the newly recruited cops (males as well as females) have installed such a software in their cell phones that whenever they speak to anyone the whole conversation gets recorded, which, according to the SSP, is not only unethical but also an illegal activity.
While passing instructions in such case, the SSP ordered all the cops in his district that none of them would keep such software in their cell phones, with a categorical mention that if anyone of them is found having the software it will be considered as an invitation to disciplinary action.
Not enough, the district top cop has further directed all SHOs and in-charges of different units of the police working under him to put his order on the notice board of their offices and also to read it in the assembly of cops at the time of their attendance.
Further, they have been asked to physically inspect the mobile phones of their juniors to ensure that none among them has the recording software installed. With intent to implement the orders in letter and spirit, the SSP has also directed the SHOs and unit in-charges to conduct random inspection at intervals to ensure that no cop gets it re-installed after deleting once. They all are also duty bound to take action against the guilty ones with a further direction to submit their reports to the top cop without any delay. SSP Sangrur Pritpal Singh Thind couldn’t be contacted as he was busy with the security arrangements during the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Sangat Darshan in Sangrur district on Saturday. In his absence none of his subordinates was ready to comment on it.
All SHOs and in-charges of different units have been asked to put SSP’s order on the notice board of their offices.
They have been asked to physically inspect mobile phones of their juniors to ensure that none among them has the recording software installed in their phones.
SHOs and unit in-charges to conduct random inspection at intervals to ensure that no cop gets software re-installed after deleting once.
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