No, you are not supposed to run around and get the information from individual PIO's of all Police Stations under Bangalore South DCP.
First, do you belong to the area covered under Bangalore South ?
Did you ask for information only for Bangalore South area or whole of Bangalore ?
1. First the Bangalore Police is ONE and SINGLE Public Authority as defined under the RTI Act 2005.
2. Secondly, only for administrative reasons and to faclitate the citizens for getting information, different PIO's have been appointed, at different Police Stations, ACP Office, DCP Office, Commissioners Office, etc.(This is as per Section 5(1) of the RTI Act:
Every public authority shall, within one hundred days of the enactment of this Act, designate as many officers as the Central Public Information Officers or State Public Information Officers, as the case may be, in all administrative units or offices under it as may be necessary to provide information to persons requesting for the information under this Act. )
3. Even if you address the RTI Application to a wrong PIO....let us say you sent the RTI application to the PIO in the office of Registrar of Cooperative Societies instead of Bangalore Police.....he is supposed to "transfer" your RTI application to the correct PIO in the correct PA i.which is held by another public authority; or
to whom the information asked for closely relates to....this is as per Section 6(3) of the RTI Act:Where an application is made to a public authority requestingfor an information,—
ii.the subject matter of which is more closely connected with the functions of another public authority, the public authority, to which such application is made, shall transfer the application or such part of it as may be appropriate to that other public authority and inform the applicant immediately about such transfer:
Provided that the transfer of an application pursuant to this sub section shall be made as soon as practicable but in no case later than five days from the date of receipt of the application.
4. Therefore, irrespective of the fact whether you asked for information pertaining to just one police station, or just Bangalore South, or the whole of Bangalore, it was the duty of the first PIO in the Commissioners Office to "collect" all the information and provide it to you. This could have been done under Section 5(4) of the RTI Act:
The Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, may seek the assistance of any other officer as he or she considers it necessary for the proper discharge of his or her duties.
Since you mention that 30 days are not yet over, please make a nice and polite letter pointing out the above points and explaining the correct position vis-a-vis the RTI Act.
At the end of the letter mention that "as per the RTI Act 2005, the information requested by me was to be provided within 30 days of the application, that is by............(date). I therefore request you to provide me the information within the time frame as specified under the RTI Act in order to avoid unneccessary appeals."
This letter is to be sent to ALL the people who have written to you and for good measure mark a copy to the PIO Commissioner Office, PIO in DCP Office Bangalore South as well as The Commissioner and the DCP himself. All CC's should be clearly mentioned at the bottom of the letter and get acknowledgement for all the copies from everyone so that no one can say in future that they were not in the loop.
In case 30 days are already over, please file for the First Appeal straightaway, citing the above deficiencies in the handling of your RTI application. The First Appeal should be filed with the Higher Officer to the PIO in the Police Commissioners' Office, since that was the first place where you filed your RTI Application.
You also have the option of lodging a direct COMPLAINT (not a appeal !), to the Karnataka SIC under Section 18(1) of the RTI Act.
There are several decisions of the CIC supporting what I have said above, but no point in citing those because this case is very clear.