After the request of Maharashtra government, eight companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) reached state on Monday while two are expected to reach the state later tonight to assist police with Covid-19 duties, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated.
The CAPFs meant for Mumbai are 3 companies from the CISF, and 2 from CRPF, which will be part of 20 companies sought by the state for deployment during Ramzan-Eid and the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
They will assist Maharashtra Police with crowd control and physical distancing measures during the lockdown 4.0 which started from Monday in the state.The deployment will enable the Mumbai Police and police in other parts of the state to get the much-needed break from heavy duty load for the past two months.
More so, because more than 1,200 police personnel, including around 600 in Mumbai, have tested Covid-19 positive and around a dozen have lost their lives so far.
With the additional forces reaching the state, deployments of Rapid Action Force companies have been made in Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Amravati so far.As per information, these companies are likely to be divided and deployed in some of the worst-hit Covid-19 zones in the city and the suburbs.