Vulgar telephone calls to be a cognizable offence



    Shimla (Dec 28)Following complaints, State Government would be contemplating making vulgar telephone calls a cognizable offence by bringing the same under the ambit of legislative provisions through enactment of appropriate law after taking all related aspects into consideration.

    This was stated by Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal in the Review Meeting of Law and Order here today, preparedness made for conduction of peaceful elections to the panchayati raj intuitions and local bodies and ensuing New Year Celebrations at different tourist destinations and temples etc. in the State.

    He said that with a view to protect the privacy of every individual, the State Government was considering making legal provisions to deal with such cases and punish the guilty with imprisonment and fine.

    Prof. Dhumal said that the effective arrangements had been ensured for peaceful conduction of the ongoing electoral process to the panchayati raj and urban local bodies in the State by deploying 10,334 police 4,727 home guard personnel to guard the polling stations. He said that there were 8,054 polling stations out of which 706 were hyper-sensitive and 1,574 sensitive.

    He said that electoral process could be completed in 2,877 polling stations in the first phase where election were held today and 2,714 polling stations would be utilized for second phase of the elections and remaining 2,463 to conduct elections on January 1, 2011, thereby completing the poll process.

    He appealed to the candidates and the electors to exercise their franchise without any fear or pressure to elect the perfect candidate for specific position.

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