Pune: About 15,000 police personnel including Rapid Action Force (RAF) and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) will be deployed in Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and rural areas during the bandh called by Maratha organisations on Thursday.
Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham said, “All senior officers including Additional Commissioners, DCPs and all personnel will be on streets for bandobast duty. We have also deployed three SRPF platoons. Therefore, there is adequate force deployment.”
He appealed to the people to continue with their daily routines. “The organisers of the protests have assured us that there will be only sit-in protest in front of the District Collector’s office and taluka offices. Therefore, we appeal to people to continue with their daily routines,” Venkatesham told Sakal Times.
Superintendent of Police (Pune rural) Sandip Patil said that a heavy police bandobast will be deployed during the bandh on Thursday by Maratha organisations. The officer said that a special meeting at Chakan was held to ensure bandh passes peacefully.
According to Pune rural police, a total of 2,200 policemen, 900 home guards, 3 SRPF companies, 1 RAF company, 20 striking platoons have been deployed for bandobast duty.
Earlier on July 30, during a bandh in Chakan, a mob had turned violent. The police have registered a case against 4,000 to 5,000 unidentified persons for rioting and violence. The mob had set on fire 20 vehicles and damaged 70 vehicles, besides pelting stones at police personnel and Chakan police station. They had also blocked Pune-Nashik highway.