Mayas memorials will soon have own security force

Written by Political Bureau | Lucknow | Updated: Sep 21 2010, 03:55am hrs
After several hiccups, the force to guard the memorials and parks built by Uttar Pradeshs Mayawati government in Lucknow and Noida, is finally taking shape. The selection of 794 homeguards, including women, who will constitute the Uttar Pradesh Special Range Security Battalion, was finalised last week.

IPS officer Piyush Mordia, who has been named the commandant of the force, said they started verifying antecedents of the selected homeguards. They would then be sent for training at the 32 battalion of the PAC located on Kanpur Road in Lucknow.

The DGP headquarters has finalised the forces uniform, navy blue trousers and sky blue shirt.

The selection was made from 10,000 applicants. Committees led by range IGs interviewed the candidates and sent their recommendations to a central committee headed by DGP Karamvir Singh.

The state government has also posted VP Srivastav and Lal Bharat Kumar Pal, both state police service officers, as the battalions deputy commandant and assistant commandant respectively.

The force comprises eight company commanders of inspector rank and 24 platoon commanders of sub-inspector rank. The administrative staff and drivers are being inducted from both the police and homeguards. The security men would have the power of search and seizure, but not of arrest. They would have to hand over offenders to the police.

The headquarter of the battalion has been set up in a building which earlier belonged to the UP Irrigation Department on the VIP Road.