Despite being transferred to the CID-Forest Cell in 2009, ACP Murali continues to get calls on his number whenever a security issue crops up around the High Court or Vidhana Soudha, as his number is listed against the name of the new ACP of central division
Assistant Commissioner of Police M K Murali is a man on a mission to save the precious natural resources in the state and has even spelled doom for sandalwood thieves and ivory poachers in the city.
ACP MK Murali's number in the official police officer list
is displayed along with ACP K V K Reddy's name
However, he is tired of answering the phone each time an emergency situation develops in the Central Zone comprising Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka High Court or anywhere in the immediate vicinity, because of a severe oversight on the part of the DCP PRO, which is in charge of updating the official list of city police officers.
Despite being transferred to the CID-Forest Cell in 2009 and being relinquished of his earlier duties, which entailed securing these important locations, Murali continues to receive calls from people seeking information or help at all parts of the night or day, simply because the database has not been updated with his current posting or job description.
Though Murali's name has been removed and replaced by current ACP K V K Reddy's in the official list, which is available to the general public, his mobile number was not removed.
Failure to rectify this error could result in the loss of crucial time and if a genuine threat ever crops up, innocent lives could be lost as a result.
Murali has over time come up with a standard answer to such calls and the same applies to everyone, including top government officials, police personnel, members of the judiciary and media persons.
"My dear, I am not responsible for securing the Vidhana Soudha, High Court or Chinnaswamy Stadium," is what he says and according to him, the lists still shows his number as the first official to call in the event of a threat or security issue around these areas.
Murali told this reporter, "Instead of just dealing with poaching, ivory and sandalwood theft, I also have to answer calls that are no longer relevant to my duty area."
Though M K Murali's name has been replaced by current ACP K V K Reddy's name in the official list, which is available to the general public, his mobile number was not removed
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