The Maharashtra government will fill 12,000 police officer positions and orders will soon be issued to recruit 5,295 of them, state Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Sunday.
He also said that the crime graph in the city of Nagpur has dropped dramatically compared to 2019.
“A total of 12,000 police officer positions will be filled in the state police. Very soon, 5,295 positions of this type will be filled in the first phase. The necessary orders will be issued to the unit commanders, ”Deshmukh, an MLA from the Katol constituency in Nagpur district told reporters.
Deshmukh said that a horse mounted police unit would be established in Nagpur, which is the second capital of Maharashtra, on the lines of the Mumbai Police.
He said that police personnel will receive body cameras.
When asked when more than 11,000 inmates from various state prisons who are currently on probation will be sent back to jails, Deshmukh said the threat from the coronavirus is not over yet.
Deshmukh said that the crime graph in the city of Nagpur has dropped compared to 2019.
“Against 90 murders in 2019, the city of Nagpur recorded 88 murders. This year there were 127 robberies, compared to 147 cases last year. This year a total of 21 chain thefts were reported compared to 56 last year, ”he said.
Similarly, the number of rape cases stood at 152 compared to 163 such cases last year, he added.
He said 2019 data from the National Criminal Records Bureau (NCRB) showed a high crime rate in Nagpur per one lakh of population.
“However, the NCRB had based its data taking into account the population of 25 lakh, but the population exceeds 30 lakh if you count (the areas under) the police stations in rural Nagpur,” he said.