More than 100 police personnel from Mumbai police took part in the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. Unlike last year, however, many senior rank police personnel preferred to give the run a miss – all barring two senior cops. Dhananjay Kulkarni, spokesperson of the Mumbai police and deputy commissioner of police, participated and completed the full marathon. Government Railway Police (GRP) commissioner Ravindra Singhal was also seen running.
As many as 110 police personnel, including 38 officers and 72 from the constabulary, took part in the marathon. DCP Kulkarni completed the full marathon, clocking five hours and six minutes. “Most of the policemen were deployed at the bandobast for the marathon. Some senior officers, who usually participate in the marathon, could not do so as they were busy with the bandobast,” Kulkarni said.
Apart from the Mumbai police, GRP commissioner Singhal was the only senior officer in the marathon and completed half marathon.
Meanwhile, the route of the half marathon, stretching from Azad Maidan to Bandra, saw heavy police presence. More than 6,000 personnel, including 320 women officers, were on duty. The police had installed dozens of CCTV cameras and watchtowers, to keep an eye on the running routes, a police source said.
The police also deployed heavy bandobast near the CST and Azad Maidan, as part of an elaborate security arrangement, to rein in the crowds that flock to the area every year.
DCP Kulkarni said, “The entire marathon was conducted smoothly and no major incident relating to law and order was reported. The traffic diversions and other arrangements were also effective, and vehicular traffic remained unaffected.”