In a bid to strengthen state’s security, Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh Government has formed a new highly skilled Special Force. The new force has also been vested with powers to make arrests or initiate raids without any warrant or orders of a magistrate.
The new Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) will be raised on the lines of CISF and special forces in states like Odisha or Maharashtra. This force will primarily cater to the security of metro railways, courts, airports, banks and other vital installations in the state.
The force has been created under the provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Vishesh Surakash Bal Adhiniyam (Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force Act), 2020, said said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi.
“Under the Act, any member of the Force can arrest a person without any warrant or orders of a magistrate if there is an attack to members of the Force, the threat of, the use of criminal force or obstruction in the discharge of duty,” said he.
“If a crime is committed, the members of the Force can frisk any suspect without any search warrant without giving him any chance to escape or hide the evidence. On being convinced that the person has committed the crime, the person can be arrested,” Awasthi added.
The UPSSF will be led by an Additional Director General-level officer, followed by an Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General, Commandant, and Deputy Commandant.
The force was notified on August 31 and, last week, the state Director General of Police was given a deadline of three months to ensure the force was on the ground.