State run BSNL has discontented numerous telephone connections of Tripura police for non-payment of bills. Several important police stations and offices of top police brass are running without land phone since Thursday night.
Land phones in East Agartala and West Agartala police stations have also been disconnected raising a serious alarm over maintenance of law and order in the capital city. One of the connections in office of the Director General of Police C. Balasubramanian is also not working.
“Many phones under the state government have been disconnected for failing to pay outstanding bills within stipulated period,” a senior BSNL official said on Friday. He said the entire process of disconnection is now computerised and manual intervention is no more involved.
He said 683 land phones, mostly of police organisation, have been disconnected. He however added: “we would try to ensure that these connections are not permanently closed if we get an assurance to receive payment shortly.”
Disconnections have hampered normal activities of police across the state. The officers are mainly communicating through their personal mobile phones and radio communication.
Main opposition, Congress, has slammed the Left front government for alleged incompetence to run government. “Police department is most important… yet the phone bills are not paid. This is a serious breach of public safety and security,” veteran Congress leader Ratan Lal Nath commented.
He demanded Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is holding Home portfolio, take immediate action against guilty officials responsible for the whole telephone mess.
In November last year the BSNL took an important decision to permanently close the land phone connection if the subscriber fails to pay the bill within 90 days. The relaxation period had earlier been 180 days.