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The Telegraph Act, 1885

( ACT NO. XIII OF 1885 )

Power to employ additional police in places where mischief to telegraphs is repeatedly committed
33. (1) Whenever it appears to the Government that any act causing or likely to cause wrongful damage to any telegraph is repeatedly and maliciously committed in any place, and that the employment of an additional police-force in that place is thereby rendered necessary, the Government may send such additional police-force as it thinks fit to the place, and employ the same therein so long as, in the opinion of that Government, the necessity of doing so continues.
(2) The inhabitants of the place shall be charged with the cost of the additional police-force, and the District Magistrate shall, subject to the orders of the Government, assess the proportion in which the cost shall be paid by the inhabitants according to his judgment of their respective means.
(3) All moneys payable under sub-section (2) shall be recoverable either under the warrant of a Magistrate by distress and sale of the moveable property of the defaulter within the local limits of his jurisdiction, or by suit in any competent Court.
(4) The Government may, by order in writing, define the limits of any place for the purposes of this section.

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