Pune: Security at Savritibai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is expected to improve as 50 male and 10 female security personnel have received the status of ‘special police officers’.
The move has been made keeping in view many past incidents that indicated lack of security at the campus, said Director of SPPU’s Security Department Suresh Bhosale.
“Those who attempt police training but can’t clear the selection process can get special training equivalent to police officers. These 60 members are trained under the guidance of the police and their head has equivalent status to an Additional Directorate General (DG) of Police,” said Bhosale.
According to section 16, 17, 12, 20 and 21 of Maharashtra State Security Corporation Act, 2010, these personnel have same powers as a police officer. They can arrest a culprit without a warrant. If in a situation, if either of them had to take a spontaneous action against a culprit, then no action will be taken on these personnel.
They are treated as public servants and hence, if anyone obstructs or attacks these special police officers, the accused will be punished under section 353 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which denotes, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, said Bhosale.
“Apart from ‘special police officer’ status, these personnel will also benefit under the Police (Incitement to Disaffection) Act, 1922 and the Police Forces (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1966,” added Bhosale.
At present, there are 175 security personnel including the above 60 and members of Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation (MESCO) at the varsity. “The number of security staff required on the campus is 200-225. We are planning to increase the number of security guards. The procedure will be completed soon,” said Bhosale.