The Mumbai police have formed special cells in each police station to keep an eye on people with criminal antecedents, ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections on February 21. A special cell comprises an assistant police inspector (API) and few police constables.
The joint commissioner of police (law and order), Deven Bharti, said the special cell was formed especially to take preventive measures for untowardly incidents.
The cell will focus on criminals who have been involved in criminal cases. “We have been investigating to find out the activities and locations of criminals externed from Mumbai, and neighouring districts like Thane and Navi Mumbai, so that they cannot create any issues during campaigning,” said senior inspector Ramchandra Jadhav, Khar police station.
All the parties have started campaigning, for which they need police permission. The cell will monitor each campaign by the political parties and assign police constables to their rallies, said an officer.
According to an official, it is difficult to locate criminals who commit petty crimes in slums at Govandi, Shivaji Nagar, Bandra, Vakola, Dharavi and Jogeshwari. But instead of combing the area and searching for the absconding accused, they can keep an eye on political rallies where they are frequently spotted.
The preventive actions have started under CRPC of 107 (security for keeping the peace in other cases) and 110 (the offence of kidnapping, abduction, extortion, cheating or mischief, or any offence) against the criminals and we have taking been taking a cash bond from the accused and bond surety so they could not create any nuisance.
Deputy commissioner of police, Virendra Mishra, zone 8, said, “Apart from a cash bond and surety, preventive detention has also started”.