Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently urged the central government for additional Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in Maharashtra to battle the coronavirus crisis.
Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Maharashtra on Wednesday said that a number of Mumbai Police personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 and as long working hours are leaving cops stretched, thus the Maharashtra has requested the Centre to deploy CAPF to reduce stress on state police during the lockdown.
He also added saying that during the coronavirus outbreak and as Ramzan Eid is coming soon (May 25), the state which is worst hit by COVID-19 would require 20 companies of CAPF to help the Mumbai Police to maintain law and order in the state. The CAPF are a part of security forces in the country under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Meanwhile, there are over 1,000 police personnel who have been affected by the deadly virus.
Recently, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Mumbai police succumbed to death due the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Param Bir Singh, Mumbai Commissioner of Police had said that around 250 Mumbai Police cops in the state have infected by COVID-19 and also asked the cops who are over 55 years of age to stay home.
Over 53 new coronavirus deaths were reported on Tuesday with the number of positive cases jumping past 24,000 mark.