MVA Crisis: Police force deployed at offices-residences of many leaders in Mumbai, prohibitory orders in force till July 10

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Mumbai: Mumbai Police has deployed police forces at the offices and residences of various political parties and leaders in the city in view of the growing anger of Shiv Sena workers over Eknath Shinde’s rebellion. Confirming this on Saturday, an official said that in view of the security, police force has been deployed at the offices and residences of ministers, MLAs and MPs.

He said that in a meeting chaired by Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, instructions were given to be vigilant and provide security. Other senior officers including officers of the level of Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Additional Commissioner and Regional Deputy Commissioner of Police were present in the meeting.

The prohibitory orders issued by the city police under Section 37 of the Mumbai Police Act in the first week of June ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections have been extended till July 10. This section prohibits the assembly of five or more persons in one place.

Prohibitory orders in force till July 10
A police officer clarified that he had inadvertently mentioned Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) earlier in the day, but later clarified that prohibitory orders are in place as per Section 37 of the Mumbai Police Act.

Most of the Shiv Sena MLAs are camping in Guwahati showing their loyalty to Minister Eknath Shinde. Due to this, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is facing a crisis. There have been some incidents of attacks on the offices of rebel MLAs in some parts of the state.

“The policemen of the city have been asked to remain alert and maintain law and order situation in the city. They have been directed to coordinate with the local leaders of political parties and get information related to their programmes, agitations and settlements in advance.

Action will be taken on objectionable post in social media
Police said that the officers of the special branch have been asked to keep a watch on the social media platform and take action against those posting objectionable content, messages, videos.

He said the policemen have been asked to ensure that workers of political parties do not take law into their own hands, indulge in violence or damage public property. The officials have been asked to take strict action against those who violate the law.

Police personnel have also been asked to ensure that no objectionable banners and hoardings are allowed anywhere, the official said.

The police officer said that in view of the current political developments, Mumbai Police is already on high alert to avoid any untoward incident. He said that adequate security force has been deployed by the police at various important places of the city. Section 37 prohibits the assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, loudspeakers, musical bands and bursting of firecrackers.

Tags: Maharashtra, Maharashtra Politics, Shivsena

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