Maharashtra has requested the Centre for 20 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to rest its own fatigued police force which is out on the streets since March 22—three days before the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown began.
Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh told reporters, “Our 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. Therefore, we have requested 20 companies of the Centre’s Central Armed Police Forces or 2,000 men”.
Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had indicated that the state was likely to request for central forces to give rest to the police force in the state. He had said the state police personnel are tired and they need to be given rest before they can again resume duty.
Several prominent politicians and even 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 Maharashtra Police during the lockdown. Over 1,000 policemen have been infected by the coronavirus and seven policemen have died due to COVID-19 so far in the state. Maharashtra has over 24,000 COVID-19 cases including 921 deaths—the highest in the country.