Mumbai: With the Opposition parties calling `Bharat bandh` on Sunday to protest against the price rise, Mumbai police has geared up and will put entire strength of the police force on the city`s streets to avert any untoward incident here.
"I appeal people to come out. We have taken all security measures to ensure no untoward incident takes place. Anyone who takes law into their hands and attempts to paralyse
the city shall be dealt with strict action," warned Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal.
He urged citizens to call the police in case of violence. "Our entire 40,000 policemen`s force will be on duty to maintain law and order," Dayal added.
"Besides City Police force, additional forces such as Rapid Action Force and State Reserve Police Force will also be present on the street to maintain vigil," he said.
City Police has short listed the names of `trouble makers` belonging to various political parties and issues notices to them under section 149 of Criminal Procedure Code
which allows police to prevent cognizable offences.
"We have issued notices to over 1,000 people associated with various political parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena and MNS, who may create trouble. Some more may receive
such notices today as well," a senior police official told a news agency.
"Any person or political party indulge in any act of violence and arson will be made to pay compensation," the official added.
The government is likely to file a contempt petition against the parties forcing the bandh after Monday.
The state government has set its sight on the Supreme Court judgment to prevent the parties from paralysing the city and rest of the state on July 5.
As the suburban trains are likely to be targeted by protestors supporting bandh, adequate number of Railway policemen would be deployed at stations for smooth functioning
of railway service, police said.
"We have asked our staff to be on high alert," said a Western Railways spokesperson adding that "motormen will also be guarded by security men as the protestors may target them to derail train services."