You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Additional manpower may be sought from Centre to give police rest: Uddhav

Uddhav also admitted that while the spread of the virus has been contained, the state has not succeeded in breaking the chain of infection yet

Topics
Coronavirus | Lockdown

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Uddhav Thackeray
Whether the lockdown will be extended or not after May 17 will depend on how far people maintain discipline and follow rules, Uddhav said | Photo: Twitter (@CMOMaharashtra)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday refuted speculation about the Army being called in in Mumbai which has become a major hotspot.

In a live webcast, he said additional manpower may be sought from the Union government if needed so that the state police force gets some respite.

Asking people not to believe rumours, the chief minister said the government might ask for additional manpowerfrom the Centre, if needed, to enable the police personnel to take rest in a phased manner.

"This doesn't mean that Mumbai will be handed over to the Army. Police personnel are tired after working round-the- clock, some have fallen sick and a few of them have succumbed to the virus. They need rest," Thackeray said.

He also admitted that while the spread of the virus has been contained, the state has not succeeded in breaking the chain of infection yet.

Whether the will be extended or not after May 17 will depend on how far people maintain discipline and follow rules, he said.

"We have to come out of the one day or the other. We can't be living permanently like this. But to come out of this sooner, you need to follow rules and maintain discipline of social distancing and use face mask," Thackeray said.

First Published: Fri, May 08 2020. 21:36 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU