Mumbai Police commissioner wields baton against `spicy` ring tones
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 17:55
Mumbai: City Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik in a bid to further discipline the force, has instructed his men to refrain from setting "item numbers" or "vulgar songs" as ring tones for their mobile phones, said a senior police official.

The top cop has issued a circular after he found that two constables in Kurla police station had set up popular Bollywood item numbers as their ring tones, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The circular said that the step was being taken to help the police force to conduct itself with dignity, the official added.

On Friday night, Patnaik had paid a surprise visit to the police station and was giving instructions to constables when their cell phones buzzed with the item numbers, sources said.

Their mobiles were immediately seized and the two constables were summoned to Police Headquarters. As the two collected their mobile handsets, the CP issued a circular, they said.

When contacted, Deputy Police Commissioner (Operations) Rajkumar Vhatkar said, "He (Patnaik) wants to bring more and more discipline in the force. When such ring tones start ringing, it gives a wrong impression about the force. It was advised to either assign simple ring tones or set up some decent songs as ring tones.

Earlier in an unusual circular in March, Patnaik had warned his subordinates not to "interrupt" him while he is having conversation and if they do, it would invite adverse remarks in their Annual Confidential Report (ACR).


First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 17:55

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