State requests Modi Govt to provide Central forces to tackle COVID-19 in Maharashtra

Anil deshmukh

Mumbai: The Maha-Vikas Aghadi-government has requested the Narendra Modi government for 20 companies of para-military forces to rest its own fatigued police force that have been out on the streets since the March 22, before the nationwide lockdown.

Over 1,000 police personnel were infested with COVID-19 while eight policemen died of the deadly virus in the state so far because of uninterrupted services provided by these COVID-19 warriors to the society in the time of crisis. An assistant sub-inspector of the Mumbai police died due to Covid-19 on Tuesday. With this, five personnel of the Mumbai police have died due to the viral infection so far, while the fatality tally in the state force has gone up to eight. Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country at over 25,920 while death figure has almost touched the 1000 mark.

Talking to mediaperson the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that the state police force has been working day and night to enforce the lockdown necessitated by the corona pandemic. “Now we also have festivals, like Eid coming up. We have to make arrangements to maintain law and order. The police need to get some rest. And that’s why we have requested 20 companies of the Centre’s Central Armed Police Forces or 2,000 men. The state government has made the request to the union government accordingly.”

All COVID-19 warriors are working under pressure. Doctors, nurses, cleaning staff and revenue department staff and even the police under the stress of duty, the police are getting tired. Some are falling ill. Some have died. “They have died as they are fighting for us. They are falling ill and they don’t have time to rest. They are getting tired,” the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said a few days ago and hinted that the government would request the Union government to provide paramilitary forces so that the pressure on police department would minimise.

Several prominent politicians and celebrities have changed their social media profile display pictures to the logo of the state police to mark their gratitude for the services rendered by the police during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the district borders will not be re-opened even after the COVID-19 lockdown is relaxed. He also asked the district collectors to prepare a roadmap for this situation post-May 17. Besides, he also asked all the district collectors to submit an exit plan from the on-going lockdown by May 15.