Wednesday, October 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Special force deployed to protect Dalit Prerna Sthal

Special force deployed to protect Dalit Prerna Sthal
TNN | Oct 19, 2011, 04.18AM IST

NOIDA: The UP state administration seems to pulling all stops to
ensure the security of the Dalit Prerna Sthal that was inaugurated on
October 14 by Mayawati. Over 200 personnel of the Special Range
Security Battalion have arrived in the city from Lucknow and two
battalions have already been deployed across the Ambedkar park.

The battalions, comprising of 36 personnel, will guard the 'high
priority' park and the statues inside through the day in shifts,
informed SSP Jyoti Narayan. The special force is authorized to search
people and seize belongings, but it cannot make arrests.

Temporary arrangements for their stay is being made at the district
hospital in sector 39, but the administration is likely to shift them
to the police lines at Surajpur later after the personnel are given
their designated spots.

While two battalions have been stationed at the Green Garden, the rest
will soon "take their positions across the district at the new
projects unveiled by the chief minister during her visit to Noida on
October 14.

The special force was requisitioned after the understaffed district
police expressed inability to provide additional personnel for
security of the park.

"The park will be opened to public from next month and we are
expecting a good rush of visitors. However, the same raises the risks
of vandalism, littering, etc and the special force has been deployed
to avoid any such incidents and to protect the memorial and the
statues," said a Noida Authority official.

The Special Range Security Battalion, a specialized unit of the
police, was raised by the state government last year specifically for
protecting monuments, parks and memorials in Lucknow and Gautam Budh
Nagar district. The memorial protection force was sanctioned by a
government order in May 2010. A total of 794 Home Guards were
recruited in September after a month-long interview process of 10,000
candidates, carried out at nine police range headquarters.

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