Close to 7,000 security personnel have been pressed into service in Muzaffarnagar. These include 29 companies of assorted paramilitary forces,police both from the district and others,as well as columns of the Army,police officers say. Nine companies of the CRPF,seven of the Rapid Action Force,and 13 of the PAC are helping keeping peace in the region. Apart from these,all 1,200 personnel from the district have been engaged while 300 from the police lines,and 400 from districts such as Meerut and Baghpat have been brought in, a senior officer said.
While the Army is largely working independently and patrolling roads,the paramilitary forces and the police are working closely,with coordination taking place at the police control room in Muzaffarnagar. We have divided the forces primarily into clusters. A company is primarily centred at a police station. Apart from these,mobile units are constantly patrolling the streets. Whenever there is information of a disturbance,the waiting company at the police station is sent. There are also sensitive locations that have been identified,and personnel are always posted there, an officer said.
The control room has at least two senior officers present at any time. They allocate personnel to various areas. In turn the SSP and DM are given updates and then relay these to the state and the central government, an officer said.
Such is the force mobilisation that the administration is finding it difficult to identify a location for personnel to retire,given that the police lines can only hold 300. We have temporarily found a solution in schools and colleges. However,some problems persist. For instance,we are yet to find a suitable place for radio equipment of the CRPF, a police source said.