The police control room – accessed by dialling 100 -- mainly receives two types of calls. The first are local residents alerting police about incidents that disrupt law and order, and the second type of calls are from residents seeking information of various kinds.
Sunil Kale, who hailed from Pangaon village in Barshi taluka of Solapur district, was killed in a gunfight in a joint anti-terror operation of CRPF, the Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police, in Pulwama's Bundzoo area in the early hours of Tuesday.
Speaking to The Indian Express, BPMS general secretary Mukesh Singh said, "While the federations are firm on going on a strike, the date will be announced later, considering the ongoing situation with China and also the Covid-19 pandemic."
The maximum number of positive cases are from Mumbai Central Prison, better known as Arthur Road Jail, where 181 inmates and 39 staff have been infected till now, of whom 121 inmates and 37 staff have recovered.
Officials said while the number of positive cases in the two-lakh strong force continued to rise, there had been a gradual decline in the number of active cases. Out of 3,615, close to 1,388 are active.
The Indian Express had earlier reported that the suspects used to send videos and photos of the currency to potential targets with black money, who were looking for an under-the-radar currency exchange or hawala transaction.
The baffling puzzles investigators are trying to solve don't just end at the presence of play notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500, with Bachchon Ka Bank, or ‘Children's Bank of India’, written on them. The seizure also includes play notes of demonetised Rs 1000, with a total face value of Rs 31.8 crore.
Recently, 52 inmates and eight staff members of Solapur District Prison also tested positive and they were isolated in care centres. Till now, three deaths have been reported among prison inmates across the state due to the virus.
Till Tuesday, 15 teams of the NDRF were deployed in coastal areas of Maharashtra including Mumbai, and 17 more were deployed in Gujarat. Five more teams are being airlifted from Visakhapatnam for deployment in Maharashtra.
While police believe that filing these offences is necessary for stringent implementation of the lockdown, the action did come with its pitfalls – a large number of cases, legal doubts and apprehension of bias.
The burden of various Covid-related duties is considerably high on police in the affected regions including Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Raigad and Solapur. In other districts too, large chunk of police force has also been given Covid-related duties.
Till Friday, 29 premises from 23 districts in the state had been earmarked as temporary prisons. Additional Director General of Police (Prisons and Correctional Services) Sunil Ramanand said more such temporary prisons will be designated in coming days.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said every effort was being made to minimise risk for police personnel, who were on the ground and involved in efforts to mitigate the crisis, and make the best possible treatment available for those who have tested positive.