Mounted police unit might return to Mumbai after 86 years

The proposal of mounted police unit has been forwarded to the state government for its approval. The unit was last seen in 1932 during India's British Raj.

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Mumbaikars may see mounted police unit in the city which was last disbanded in 1932 when it was still a part of the British Raj. The police want to use it to control crowds and patrolling in certain areas.

Recently, Mumbai Police Commissioner Subodh Jaiswal has put forward this proposal to the state government for its approval.

The mounted police unit was last seen in the city 86 years ago. Other state forces such as Kerala Police, Karnataka Police and city forces such as the Chennai Police and Kolkata Police have equestrian units. Neighbouring state, Gujarat, has the largest mounted police unit in the country, with 600 horses.

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Due to a shortage of funds, proposals for a mounted unit in the 1990s and 2009 never saw the implementation. In order to make the approval process easy, the proposal will be first forwarded by Maharashtra’s home department to its finance department and then, finally to the Chief Minister’s office for final approval. 

The proposal states that the department would need trained horses. But no new officers will be recruited as the existing force will be trained. A senior home department official said horses can be obtained from the existing stables at the Mahalaxmi Race Course.

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