Smartphone overindulgence by on-duty sentries causing weapon snatching in J&K
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has banned the use of gadgets by its sentries on duty, blaming the excess use of smartphones by sentries for incidents of weapon snatching in the valley. The order, issued by Additional Director General of Police, Armed, AK Choudhary, yesterday, said it not only lowered the image of the police but also compromises with personal security of individuals.
Smartphones banned during duty; weapons to be chained properly
Choudhary said that it speaks volumes about lack of supervision and overall security situation in and around a particular area. The ADGP said it is ordered that "no sentry shall carry with him any smartphone during duty hours under any circumstances." The order also said all sentries, particularly on guard duty, shall wear bullet-proof gear and chain their weapons with their belts properly.
Guards to remain available round the clock
All guards shall introduce improvised alarm system. They shall remain available round the clock in their respective guard rooms in a state of alertness. Unit duty officers shall take hourly situation report from all company commanders. All guards shall liaise with nearest district police installations/security forces pickets. "They shall ensure that all officers/officials of their respective units are briefed adequately," the order stated.