Monday, February 2, 2009

Cop loses walkie-talkie

Mumbai: Friday evening had more bad news in store for Mumbai’s policemen. A traffic department sub-inspector lost his walkie-talkie while he was busy clearing the weekend jam on Hill Road in Bandra (West).

Sub-inspector Madhukar Sanap, who was doing his rounds in the western suburbs, was instructed—on the walkie-talkie he lost some time later—to go to Hill Road where a massive snarl-up had developed. He rushed there on his office bike and parked it in front of Globus Mall around 9 pm before getting down to business.

For the next 30 minutes, Sanap was in the thick of action, directing traffic away from the narrow road where weekend shoppers and revellers had descended in droves. After a job well done—traffic was again flowing freely along the road by 9.30 pm—Sanap walked to his motorcycle where he got the shock of his life.

The walkietalkie (body number 9723593) was missing. A shocked Sanap made a few enquiries, asking shopkeepers, private security personnel and passersby if anyone had seen the instrument. He then rode to the Bandra police station and lodged a complaint. A traffic department walkie-talkie, of the type that Sanap was using, would cost Rs 45,000.

But police officials said it would be very difficult for the thief to sell it in the grey market as traffic department walkietalkies had several in-built protective mechanisms that rendered them ineffective in the hands of other users. A Bandra police official said a search was on to find the walkie-talkie as well as the thief.

OFF THE WIRE THE RISK
The thief would have been able to listen to conversations between traffic police officials; they could have been discussing arrangements for important convoys (like the CM’s or the governor’s) or traffic bandobast

THE SAFEGUARD
Walkie-talkies usually have enough charge to last for about six hours. So it would have conked off after some time.

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