Underlining the inaccessibility of police officers even to their superiors at times, all UT deputy superintendents of police (DSP) have been ordered to report their locations to the control room every four hours -- four times between 8am and 8pm.
The orders come around a month after UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya asked the DSPs to be available through video-conferencing, but the immediate provocation looks to be the failure of a DSP to respond to a call made by a top police official around 9.30am some days ago.
Officially, the top brass says the directions have been issued to "streamline the functioning" of the police force, though officers do admit the move is a step towards making the DSPs accountable.
The UT has 20 DSPs in charge of different divisions; they also head special units such as cyber cell and crime against women.
Recently, DSPs have been provided with video-conferencing facility at their offices and categorically told that the IGP can contact them through it anytime during the day. In the second phase, station house officers (SHOs) would be linked.