Soon! Mumbai Police to be seen patrolling on horses

This is the first time after Independence that the mounted police force will patrol on the streets on Mumbai. Earlier, the unit was dissolved in the year 1932 given the growing traffic.

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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday announced that Mumbai will get a mounted police unit for traffic and crow control. 

The mounted police unit with horses will be deployed across Mumbai after a gap of 88 years. The unit will first participate in the Republic Day parade at Shivaji Park this year. 

This is the first time after Independence that the mounted police force will patrol on the streets on Mumbai. Earlier, the unit was dissolved in the year 1932 given the growing traffic. 

While addressing a press conference, Deshmukh said that Mumbai police today has jeeps and motorcycle to patrol but the mounted police unit can be useful while patrolling crowded areas. 

The Maharashtra Home Minister stated that the horses can be used for crowd control during festivals and at beaches. “This can be replicated in other cities including Pune,” said Deshmukh. 

Deshmukh further informed that the mounted police unit will have 30 horses. Moreover, the unit will have a sub-inspector, one assistant sub-inspector, four havaldar and 32 constables.

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Currently, we have purchased 13 horse and rest will be brought in next six months. A stable will also be constructed in Marol,” said Deshmukh.

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