As part of the pre-election drive, the Mumbai police have detained close to 2000 criminals two days before the civic election voting, so that they do not create any nuisance during the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.
Local criminals become more active during elections which can lead to violence during campaigning, said a police officer.Hence, people who have past criminal records have been detained as per provisions of the law.
The Mumbai police have also formed special cells in each of the 93 police stations to keep an eye on people with criminal antecedents; these squads have been active for the past two weeks. A special cell comprises of an assistant police inspector (API) and few police constables, added an officer.
Another officer said, “Most of the criminals play a major role in political campaigning; be it door to door or on the streets. They even threaten people to not participate in campaigning for the opposite politician, as per the direction given by candidate they work for. In return, they get easy money from the political candidate”.
There are 13 categories in the law under which action can be taken against such criminals as precautionary measures during election, said senior official adding that 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) and 151 (Arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences).
“As per the nature of offence committed by accused, we decide the preventive measures. In some cases, police take a cash bond or personal surety from the accused so they do not create any nuisance. In case of a serious offence like rape or molestation, we ask suspects to bring a woman from their locality who can take responsibility for their actions,” deputy commissioner of police Virendra Mishra, zone 8.