Lucknow, September 14: Uttar Pradesh will now have a special security force called the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) which will have the powers to search without any warrant. In a series of Twitter posts, the UP government Twitter handle quoted Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi saying that a total of eight battalions of the UPSSF will be constituted initially at a cost of Rs 1747.06 crore. The UPSSF will have the powers to search without any warrant. This means members of this force can arrest any person without the orders of a magistrate or a warrant. The force

The Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state ordered the creation of this force after an order from the Allahabad high court which had expressed its displeasure over the security at civil courts last December. One District One Product: Yogi Adityanath Govt to Give Aid for Running ODOP Stores.

UPSSF and its Powers?

  1. The Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) is a special security force with powers to search and arrest without any warrant
  2. It will be tasked to protect courts, airports, administrative buildings, metros, banks, among other state government offices.
  3. Eight battalions of the UPSSF will be constituted in the first phase and it will be headed by an ADG-ranked officer.
  4. The expenses incurred in the first phase will be around Rs 1,747 crore.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi, said late on Sunday that the state government has given orders for the constitution of a special security force and a roadmap in this regard has been sought from the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP). Awasthi added saying that the basis of this force is an order of the high court, which had ordered that there should be a specialised force for civil courts. In all, there will be 9,919 personnel in the force.

Take a Look at the tweets:

In December 2019, the Allahabad high court had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government over a shootout at a Bijnor courtroom. According to reports, three assailants had on December 17, 2019, opened fire in the court of the Bijnor chief judicial magistrate, killing a murder accused and injuring three others - two policemen and a court employee.

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