Policemen at Krishna Cable Network’s office in Parsudih on Friday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Police confiscated machinery and sealed the control room of a cable operator in Parsudih on Friday , forcing over 4,000 families residing in the eastern fringe of the city to go without their favourite shows.
Acting on the instructions of SDO (Dhalbhum) Prem Ranjan, district public relations officer (DPRO) Avinash Kumar led a team of police officers from Parsudih thana to crack down on Krishna Cable Network on Charkhamba Road for not renewing its licence.
“The administration has seized Krishna Cable Network’s machinery and sealed its office under Section 11 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act as its owner has not renewed the licence,” said Ranjan.
The SDO said the control room and the office of the operator would remain in the administration’s control till the agency obtained a fresh licence. He pointed out that the agency was supposed to get its licence renewed in every January but it had not obtained it till date.
However, those associated with the cable firm, which has been catering to television viewers for the past one decade, alleged that the action was uncalled for.
They added that the administration was acting at the behest of some of its rivals.
“We are very particular about renewing the licence as we have to compete with our rivals. This time also we had deposited the requisite fee with the General Post Officer, Jamshedpur, two months ago. But as the head post master had then gone on a long leave, the registration formalities could not be processed,” Mahesh Prasad, a key functionary of Krishna Cable Network, said.
He added that they had apprised the DPRO about the status after the administration issued a notice in this regard a couple of days ago.
“But the officials did not bother to hear us out and instead seized our equipment. In fact, we were anticipating such an action (sealing) by the local administration as some of our rivals are very influential. Two of our rivals are siblings of Jamshedpur legislator Banna Gupta and Ichagarh’s legislator Malkhan Singh,” he said, hinting at a nexus between their rivals and the administration.
Krishna Cable Network provides services to Parsudih, Khasmahal, Sundernagar and Station areas.