Mumbai: In a bid to avert any untoward
incident in the metropolis during tomorrow`s nationwide
shutdown called by the Opposition to protest fuel price hike,
police on Sunday arrested over 1,000 "trouble makers" as a
"Over 1,000 trouble makers, who may indulge in violence,
were arrested from across the city as a preventive...Some have
been produced before respective courts and remanded to police
custody today while rest would be produced tomorrow," a senior
police official said.
"We have issued notices under Sec 149 of CrPC, which
allows police to prevent cognizable offences, to over 2,000
people associated with various political parties who may
create trouble...Any person or political party who indulge in
any act of violence and arson will be made to pay
compensation," the official said.
Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal said
all security measures have been taken to ensure that no
untoward incident takes place.
"Anyone who takes law into their hands and attempts to
paralyse the city shall be dealt with strictly," he said.
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 in the city," Dayal said.
"Besides City Police force, additional forces such as
Rapid Action Force and State Reserve Police Force has also
been deployed to maintain vigil in the city," Dayal said.
As the suburban trains are likely to be targeted by
protesters supporting bandh, adequate number of Railway police
would be deployed at stations for smooth functioning, he said.
"We have asked our staff to be on high alert...Motormen
will also be guarded by security men as the protesters may
target them to disrupt train services," a Western Railways