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Restriction imposed on cell phone use for on duty cops at Nabanna

The police will not able to chat via internet while on duty at Nabanna, the state secretariat.

The state home department has instructed the police authority to frame rules for the use of cell phones for the ‘on-duty’ police officers at Nabanna.

After a through observation, the security officers of the Nabanna reported the home department that the policemen tend to get busy with their mobile phones watching movie, videos and listening to songs in music players.

But in most cases the on-duty policemen are found busy with Facebook or WhatsApp chats. This has irked the administration.

The rule, which is reportedly framed for the policemen on-duty, strongly instructed them to shun the use of mobile phone barring official or emergency call which can be received.

Any kind of chatting, use of Facebook and WhatsApp is prohibited. If the policemen are found watching movies in their mobile phones, listening to the radio or songs from their music players or watching YouTube videos, they could face punishment.

“The policemen and policewomen need to keep his or her mobile in their hands while doing their duty. They will only receive important calls and no other activities would be allowed,” said a senior police officer.

The state secretariat, however, had faced threat calls earlier. In many such calls, the offenders had threatened to blow off the iconic building.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Home Secretary, the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and many other top brass of Bengal government along with ministers sit there at Nabanna. Multiple security layers are prevalent there.

It should be recalled that, a few months ago, after being barred from meeting the Chief Minister in order to perform her poetry, a Howrah woman made a hoax call at Nabanna saying that a bomb had been planted at the state secretariat. She has been arrested after prolonged interrogation. Baby Ghosh, the woman was arrested.

In another incident, an unemployed youth had also called up the line to blow up the building just a few days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made this building her officer and ordered to renovate Writers’ Buildings – the old state secretariat.'
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