Special security force in UP to have powers to search, arrest without warrant

Lucknow: Soon, a special force of about 10,000 personnel will be constituted in Uttar Pradesh which will have the powers to search and arrest any person without any orders or a warrant.The Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force or UPSSF, formed under the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force Bill-2020, will provide security to the courts, administrative offices and buildings, metro rail, airports, banks, financial institutions, educational institutions, religious places and industrial units in the state.On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said the force will be constituted on the basis of the orders of the Allahabad High Court — which had expressed its displeasure over the security at civil courts in December 2019.The Yogi Adityanath government has already given orders for the constitution of the special security force and a roadmap has been sought from the UP DGP in three days. Also, the Director General of Police (DGP) had been directed to submit a proposal for various posts in the force within seven days and rules for implementation of the SSF Act within 15 days.The DGP has been directed to submit a suggestion for the launch of the first phase of the SSF within three months, Awasthi said.Initially, the state government has decided to constitute five battalions of SSF in the first phase with 1,913 personnel. It will be headed by an ADG-ranked officer.The state government would spend Rs 1,747.06 crore on the constitution of five battalions, he said.The Government aims to form the force in the next three months.“This is a dream project of the UP chief minister. The basis of this force is an order of the High Court, which had ordered that there should be a specialised force for civil courts. In all, there will be 9,919 personnel in the force,” Awasthi said.This force will have the powers to search without any warrant. The members of this force can arrest any person without the orders of a magistrate or a warrant, the government said.On December 18, 2019, the Allahabad High Court had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government over a shootout at a Bijnor courtroom.Three assailants had on December 17, 2019, opened fire in the court of the Bijnor chief judicial magistrate, killing a murder accused and injuring three others — two policemen and a court employee.The Muzaffarnagar court had witnessed a similar incident in 2015, when an armed man entered the courtroom masquerading as a lawyer and shot dead Vicky Tyagi, an alleged gangster.Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, Darvesh Kumari Yadav, 36, was shot dead by a colleague in her chamber on the civil court premises in Agra on June 13, 2019.A two-judge HC bench had said that most incompetent police personnel are being posted at the courts, adding that it will seek the deployment of central forces if the state government is not up to the task.The state legislative assembly passed the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force Bill-2020 in the monsoon session, paving the way for constitution of the specialised force.


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