Faced with a staff crunch, the Mumbai Police have roped in more than 500 police sub-inspectors from across the state to help secure Wankhede stadium for the cricket World Cup final, which will be played there on Saturday.
There will be more than 45,000 security men spread across the city on the day of the final match, with the Mumbai police contributing with more than 39,000 of its men.
In addition to the State Reserve Police Force and Rapid Action Force, the Mumbai police have also roped in officers from the Central Industrial Security Force.
The security arrangements for the final match will be on a par with that made for US president Barack Obama's visit in November 2010.
Deputy commissioner of police Rajkumar Vhatkar, who is also the Mumbai police’s spokesperson, said more than 500 police sub-inspectors have been drawn from across the state to help the Mumbai police, which are facing a deficit of manpower in that rank.
"We have a shortfall of around 2,000 officers in the rank of police sub-inspector. We usually manage with whatever we have at our disposal, but for such a large-scale deployment, we need more personnel," Vhatkar said.
The officers, who reported on duty on Monday, had served in Mumbai at some point of time, which was the only criterion for their selection for the assignment. The police administration has decided to provide lunch and dinner to all deployed uniformed personnel.
The police have also decided to deploy its full strength of coastal security — around 20 boats — to fortify the coast in south Mumbai on Saturday.
They have also urged the Navy and Air Force to beef up surveillance on the sea and near the stadium when the match is on, Vhatkar added.