Maharashtra Police calls for additional manpower from CID and ACB to enforce lockdown

Maharashtra Police personnel on deputation in the CID and ACB have now been called for regularduties as the state police force is facing shortage of manpower in its efforts to strictly enforce the lockdown.Maharashtra Director General of Police Subodh Jaiswalissued an order recently, directing the Crime InvestigationDepartment (CID), the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) andProtection of Civil Rights (PCR) cell, considered as non-regular units, to release the personnel on deputation there.

These personnel have been asked to report to theirrespective police units immediately.

Personnel of these special units are appointed ondeputation from the state police force.

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"Additional manpower is required to maintain law andorder in the state and to enforce the lockdown amid theincreasing coronavirus cases," a police official said.

In its order, the DGP office said the coronavirus isspreading its tentacles in the state, hence preventivemeasures are needed to be taken immediately.

"The current staff available with Commissioners ofPolice and Superintendents of Police is falling short andhence all non-executive staff and officials should be releasedas per the need," the order said.

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There are nearly 2.20 lakh personnel on MaharashtraPolice rolls, including the 10 per cent staff serving in theCID, ACB and PCR.

After the lockdown was announced to contain the spreadof coronavirus, the entire police staff was deployed for itsenforcement.

Units of the Homeguard were also roped in for fieldduties to share the burden at various places.

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However, there is still shortage of security personnelfor bandobast duties as the existing police force is stretchedto its limits, the official said.

Deployment of additional force could be an indicationthat the 21-day lockdown period may get extended, if not inthe entire state but in specific areas that would require moresecurity measures, sources said.

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