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Criminalize sending of unwanted SMS, says HP govt

Criminalize sending of unwanted SMS, says HP govt

The DGP HP said that unless the affected persons lodged a complaint against such messages, the police could not act.

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government proposes to make sending of an unwanted message on mobile phone a cognizable offence, Director General of Police DS Manhas said in Shimla on Monday.

"There is a proposal to amend the police rule under the State Police Act to declare the sending of unwanted messages on the mobile phone a cognizable offence", he told reporters.

Manhas pointed out that unless the affected persons lodge the complaint against the message, police can not investigate the source of such messages.

The DGP said the state government has sent to the Centre a Rs-70 crore plan for modernization of police and to set up a lab for detection of cyber crime in a scientific manner for its approval.

He said state police has introduced a citizen charter for time-bound disposal of 15 services including the issue of a copy of FIR and registration of the case.

The police have also introduced Global Poisoning System (GPS) for monitoring effective police patrolling in the 98 police stations in the state, he said.

Replying to a question, the DGP said police have taken effective steps to destroy narcotic crops grown in some districts of the state.

first published:January 03, 2012, 09:10 IST