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India's largest police mobile network launched in U.P.

Over 2800 police officials, down from SOs to the DGP, have been woven into CUG network

LUCKNOW: In a giant step towards better communication, the Uttar Pradesh police, the biggest police force in the country today launched its exclusive Close User Group (CUG) mobile phone network.

With this, over 2800 police officials, down from police station in charge to the Director General of Police (DGP) have been woven into CUG removing communication bottlenecks earlier prevailing in the system.

As part of the network, the largest and first of its kind in the country, the UP Police has obtained around 3,000 SIM cards of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

The SIM cards were distributed among all the IPS, State Police officers and Station Officers (SOs) across the State, IG V.K. Gupta, spokesperson to DGP Yash Pal Singh said here.

He said this mobile network would "revolutionise" policing in Uttar Pradesh, where problems related to communication had always been a handicap for the police force.

The police force, which has so far been dependent on wireless sets and landline telephones, used to face this problem of communication at many crucial junctures, which resulted in failure of operations on many occasions.

With the mobile network becoming operational, station officers across the state can remain in touch with each other to share vital information.

"With a high alert already sounded following Ayodhya attack and the Shramjeevi Express blast, the mobile network would certainly come handy in sharing information," said a senior official in the intelligence department.

Since the network is basically a large CUG, officials cannot call any outside number. "This would check the cost," said an official.

"While a good number of our officials are already using mobile phones, they have been doing so at their own expenses and hence did not disclose their numbers in the department with a view to protect their privacy. So, we felt the need for something that was not a private accessory but formed part of the official paraphernalia," Mr Gupta added.

Calls within the network, that is among the officials coming in its purview, would be absolutely free.

A directory, meanwhile, has been circulated enlisting all the mobile numbers, copies of which would be distributed among all police stations and offices of senior officers. — UNI

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