On Sunday, the government said that in Uttar Pradesh a special force will be built that can search and arrest a person without any warrant. The government called the Special Security Force and plans to launch it within the next three months.
The force will be deployed for the security of strategic and vital installations, high court, the district court, state government administrative premises, religious spots, Metro Rail, airports, banks, industrial undertakings and any other establishment notified by the state government.
Awanish Kumar Awasthi, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) said that the Special Security Force (SSF) has been established after the Allahabad High Court gave the order to the State government for protection and security of all court premises in the state. He further said that the SSF will have the power to search and arrest a person without a warrant.
The Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force Bill-2020 was passed by the state legislative assembly in the monsoon session thus making the way for the establishment of the SSF.
Awanish added that a direction has been given to the director-general of police (DGP) to submit a road map for the building of SSF within three days. A proposal for various posts in the force within seven days and rules for implementation of the SSF Act within 15 days.
He said that the DGP has been directed to provide a suggestion for the launch of the first phase of the SSF within three months.
Considered the dream project of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the state government has decided to constitute five battalions of SSF in the first phase with 1,913 personnel. The total strength of the force will be 9,919 personnel. The state government would spend Rs 1,747.06 crore on the constitution of five battalions, he said.
In the first phase, the state government will take the assistance of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and use its infrastructure. An IPS officer of additional director general (ADG) rank will head the force, but superintendence of the force will vest in DGP.