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Anil Deshmukh requests centre to deploy 2,000 CAPF personnel in Maharashtra

The CAPF will be deployed across the state with a purpose to provide rest to the overworked police personnel amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Anil Deshmukh requests centre to deploy 2,000 CAPF personnel in Maharashtra
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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday informed that the state government has requested the centre to deploy 20 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). The CAPF will be deployed across the state with a purpose to provide rest to the overworked police personnel amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Many police personnel have been tested for COVID-19 while discharging their duty and they need rest, Deshmukh said while noting that police personnel in the state have been working “day in and out” to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

The Maharashtra government has requested 20 companies - 2,000 personnel - of the CAPF. “Since Eid is also coming, proper law and order has to be ensured and the police should get rest,” Deshmukh said.

The 32 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have already been deployed in Maharashtra and are working in coordination with the state police. 

Maharashtra has been the worst-hit state due to the coronavirus outbreak in India and is nearing 25,000-mark. As of May 12, the number of cases in the state has risen to 24,427 while the death toll has reached 921. In Mumbai alone, almost 14,924 COVID-19 cases have been reported. 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also asked the district authorities to come up with an exit strategy of their respective areas from the national lockdown and submit the same by May 15. Moreover, the Chief Minister sought suggestions for the regulations which were needed to be imposed in these areas as a part of the containment zone strategy. 

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