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UP special security force permitted to arrest without warrant

Uttar Pradesh will soon have a special security force that can search and arrest without any need of a warrant or magistrate's permission.
Yogi Adityanath, for whom the UPSSF was a 'dream project'
UP CM Yogi Adityanath
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Uttar Pradesh will soon have a special security force that can search and arrest without any need of a warrant in order to protect courts, airports, administrative buildings, metros, banks and government offices. The rules for arrest without a warrant or prior permission from a magistrate will soon come out.

Rules for security force similar to CISF – no warrant needed

The UPSSF (Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force) will therefore be following rules similar to that of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force). The rules under CISF Act 1968 allows CISF members to search and arrest a person without warrant if they harm or try to harm a force member. They may also do so if they have reasonable suspicion. Likewise, members of the UP security force may also search and arrest if they deem it necessary.

According to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi, five battalions of the UPSSF that start off in the first phase will cost Rs.1,747.06 crores. Furthermore, the infrastructure will come from the PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary). There will be a total of 9,919 personnel.

Awasthi also called the UPSSF ‘a dream project’ for CM Yogi Adityanath.

However, many people criticised the move. Without any need of prior permission or process, the Uttar Pradesh Special Security force can obviously misuse their power.

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