“Three platoons of the state reserve police force (SRPF) were at work during the day on Saturday and one of them was allowed to leave on late Saturday. These platoons were deployed at Shivaji Park for the December 6 bandobast, and have been there since,” said Suresh Unawane, senior inspector, Shivaji Park police.
In addition to the SRPF, 50 personnel of the local arms unit of Naigaon police headquarters have also been deployed around the west end of the park. These personnel were relieved on Friday after the December 6 bandobast, but were called in again on Saturday morning.
“All the personnel are working on 12-hour shifts, and have timely replacements. They’ve been provided with water and sanitation facilities. No untoward incident has been reported so far,” said Unawane.