Maya's new memorial force to guard Noida park
Pragya Kaushika Posted online: Sat Mar 26 2011, 03:10 hrs
Noida : Uttar Pradesh will deploy two battalions of the Special Range
Security Battalion to guard Chief Minister Mayawati's high-priority
Noida park, work at which is nearing completion.
The Special Range Security Battalion is a specialised unit of the
police raised by the state government last year for the specific
purpose of protecting monuments to Dalit icons at eight parks and
memorials in Lucknow, besides the park in Noida.
SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar Surya Nath Singh confirmed that two battalions
of the force have been sanctioned for duty at the park. "These
personnel are expected to provide much needed protection to the
sensitive monument," Singh said.
The decision to deploy the force — a battalion each of male and female
forces, according to sources — comes ahead of the expected
inauguration of the park by the chief minister. The inauguration has
been postponed several times, apparently because Mayawati has not been
satisfied with the work.
Noida Authority CEO Rama Raman said an officer from the UP police
headquarters in Lucknow had visited Noida on a reconnaissance mission
"They have done a recce of the park and the accommodation that would
be required to station the two battalions. For men, the police lines
at Surajpur has been okayed, but for the women battalion, the SSP is
yet to send us the request for their requirement," Raman said.
The specialised memorial protection force was requisitioned after the
district police found itself stretched to provide additional personnel
for the security of the park and the statues in it. "The force will be
stationed at Noida and Greater Noida so that they can be moved to the
park at short notice," Singh said.
The memorial protection force was sanctioned by a government order in
May 2010. A total 794 Home Guards were recruited in September after a
month-long interview process involving 10,000 candidates, carried out
at nine police range headquarters.
The personnel, who wear navy blue trousers and sky blue shirts, are
authorised to search and seize, but not to make arrests.
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