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Uttar Pradesh Plans New Special Force,"Search,Arrest Without Warrant"
The government's latest move has been questioned by many as critics pointed out the powers for search and arrest could be misused.
Uttar Pradesh Plans New Special Force, "Search, Arrest Without Warrant"
New Delhi: On Sunday the Uttar Pradesh government said that a special force will be constituted after an order from the Allahabad High Court, which had expressed its displeasure over the security at the civil courts last December.
The Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi briefing reporters in Lucknow said, “The state government has given orders for the constitution of a special security force. A roadmap in this regard has been sought from the UP DGP. This is a dream project of the UP chief minister. The basis of this force is an order of the high court, which had ordered that there should be a specialized force for civil courts. In all, there will be 9,919 personnel in the force.”
As per Awasthi, five battalions of the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) will be constituted in the first phase and it will be headed by an ADG-ranked officer.
“Expenses incurred in the first phase will be around Rs 1,747 crore,” Awasthi said.
He later in the statement said the force will provide security to the high court, district courts, administrative offices, and buildings, metro rail, airports, banks, financial institutions, educational institutions, and industrial units.
These forces will have the power to search without any warrant. The members of this force will also be able to arrest any person without the order of the magistrate or a warrant, said the statement.
The Allahabad high court on December 18, 2019, had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government over a shootout at the Bijnor courtroom.
"Any member of the force may, without any order from a magistrate and without a warrant, arrest any person who voluntarily causes hurt too, or attempts voluntarily to cause hurt too, or wrongfully restrains or attempts wrongfully to restrain or assaults, or uses, or threatens or attempts to use criminal force to any employee," section 11 of the CISF Act 1968 says, officials in the UP government said.
Section 12 of the CISF ACT reads: "Whenever any member of the Force not below the prescribed rank has reason to believe that any such offence as is referred to in section 11 has been or is being committed and that a search warrant cannot be obtained without affording the offender an opportunity of escaping or of concealing evidence of the offence, he may detain the offender and search his person and belongings forthwith and, if he thinks proper, arrest any person whom he has reason to believe to have committed the offence."