Un­paid phone bills dis­con­nect Ra­bale po­lice from res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The res­i­dents of Ra­bale MIDC area will not be able to con­tact the po­lice for help even if a ma­jor crime or ac­ci­dent takes place.

Rea­son: The tele­phones of the po­lice sta­tion have been de­funct for more than two months now as the po­lice have not paid the bills of the pre­vi­ous few months.

De­spite hav­ing an in­de­pen­dent, full-fledged po­lice sta­tion, res­i­dents can’t reach out to them when the sit­u­a­tion de­mands.

“When­ever we spot crime tak­ing place, a body ly­ing on road or a threat to the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion, we nor­mally call the po­lice sta­tion. The po­lice of­fi­cers also reach the spot on time. How­ever, we have not been avail­ing this ser­vice for the past two months as the tele­phones at the po­lice sta­tion are not work­ing,” said Vishal Mane, 35, a res­i­dent.

“If the res­i­dents can­not con­tact the po­lice in case of emer­gency, what is the use of an in­de­pen­dent po­lice sta­tion for Ra­bale MIDC? Po­lice of­fi­cers from Mum­bai or Thane will also reach here af­ter a few hours of an ac­ci­dent or a crime,” he said.

Be­sides the in­dus­trial belt, the ju­ris­dic­tion of this po­lice sta­tion also houses sev­eral res­i­den­tial ar­eas, in­clud­ing Digha.

Bir­jesh Ti­wari, 29, who works in a com­pany in the MIDC area said, “The Navi Mum­bai po­lice are spend­ing huge amount of money by or­gan­is­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes through­out the year. Then why can­not they spend a few thou­sand ru­pees to pay the tele­phone bills of a po­lice sta­tion?”

C Katkat, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of the po­lice sta­tion, said, “Tele­phone bills of all the po­lice sta­tions are col­lec­tively paid by the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice. We have re­quested the au­thor­i­ties to pay the bills in the re­cent meet­ing. We hope our phones will be func­tional within a few days.”

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