Punjab police collecting data on JIO towers vandalised last month
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Punjab additional director general of police (ADGP) law and order has issued a letter to all the commissioner of police, senior superintendent of police to ensure the protection of telecom tower sites installed in the state, so that no interruption in telecom connectivity in the state.
ADGP law and order issues this letter after a civil writ petition CWP-12-2021 dated January 5,2021 was filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, after some miscreant vandalized the Jio towers in the state.
ADGP law and order also asked the commissioner of police and senior superintendent of police to send the details/ status of total number of main towers affected in their jurisdiction, how many numbers of towers impacted due to non-functioning of towers affected i.e. in main tower affected, number of towers whose power supply was switched off, number of towers, which were damaged.
ADGP law and order also demanded the number of DDR recorded and FIR registered in the state against the miscreant for vandalizing the Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited towers in the state.
Not only this the officer has also asked the district police chiefs to inform the number of patrolling parties deputed for the security of towers since December 24,2020 along with the number of towers visited by police for investigation purposes, number of towers whose working was restored. The officer also asked to inform any other effort like engagement with farmers, sarpanches etc.
The district police chief was asked to furnish these details by January 24,2021, in the ADGP law and order Punjab’s office.
When contacted Gulneet Singh Khurana IPS, SSP Pathankot, he said “we have registered 4 DDR’s for damaging the JIO property.”
As per reports there were around 9,000 tower sites that Jio has in the state, power supply to roughly 1,800 had been either cut off or been disconnected in around the last week of December ,2020. Even the chief minister had issued a stern warning against the vandalisation of mobile towers and disruption of telecom services in the state, and directed the police to take strict action against all those resorting to such unlawful activities.
January, 23, 2021