People travelling on BEST bus at Mumbai during lockdown on Monday. (TOI photo)
MUMBAI: With more and more city policemen falling prey to the Covid-19 virus and falling short to maintain the law and order in the wake of lockdown, the Central government on Monday sent the first batch of 3 COYS of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF). The three COYS consisting of around 300 police personals have been airlifted from Jammu and Kashmir and will report to Mumbai on Tuesday morning.
“These 3 COYS are assigned to Maharashtra but as Mumbai has become hotbed for the Covid-19 virus and the first batch of these 300 CISF personnel are being directly deployed in Mumbai,” said an official. Each Cons consists of around 100 police personnel who are fully trained and armed to deal with any incident of violation of lockdown. These CISF men will be assisted by the Mumbai police depending on the region.
The deployment of CISF in Mumbai assumes significance in the wake of around 600 policemen testing positive and till now 8 policemen have succumbed to the novel coronavirus and most importantly the situation in Mumbai likely to be worst in coming days. The decision was taken by the state government last month after the number of patients turning positive increased and more than 1,000 policemen tested positive.
While Mumbai Police is falling short of man power of around 14,000 of its actual strength of 40,000 as 12 percent of the force of age of 55 years and above have been asked to proceed on leave. A senior official said that these force will be deployed in Zone one which is one of the most sensitive zone and Dadar, Shivaji Park, Dharavi, Govandi, Shivaji Nagar, Cheeta Camp and some parts of Kurla and D N Nagar area in Suburbs. The State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has already deen deployed in Mumbai last month.