Over 100 SRPF (State Reserve Police Force) from Maharashtra have been deployed in Nagpur to ensure the enforcement of stricter lockdown. The COVID-19 tally in city has crossed 133. The move came in after MLA from East Nagpur Krishna Khopde demanded the deployment of army in Satranjipura to contain the spike in COVID-19 cases across the area. COVID-19 hotspots including Satranjipura and Mominpura and parts of Shanti Nagar would also be under scrutiny from Wednesday afternoon 4 pm (April 29).
When we spoke to Krishna Khopde, he said, “I’d requested city collector Ravindra Thakare and NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe to deploy CRPF jawans a month ago in Satranjipura. Nobody listened to me; I got no help from them. Finally, I wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and even approached Nitin Gadkari for the same. There were even instances of Muslim people ill-treating health officers who were on duty.”
Sanjay Mahajan, Corporator from Satranjipura, said, “The SRPF have arrived in the city, by 4 pm today, they would be deployed in all the COVID-19 hotspot areas.”