The Special Powers Of Uttar Pradesh’s Special Security Force
the SSF will be deployed at various airports, big temples, courts and other high-risk areas in UP and can arrest anyone without a warrant
The Uttar Pradesh government announced the setting up of a Special Security Force (SSF) on Sunday. This gives the authority to the SSF personnel to search anyone without a warrant and make an arrest on the spot. Also, the person apprehended cannot contest the detention.
While the Yogi Adityanath administration claims that the objective of this force is to secure high-risk areas, many opposition leaders have voiced their concern over the possible misuse of this by the government.
According to the ruling party, this force will be used at high-footfall destinations like the multiple airports, metro stations, big temples, High Court and important financial institutions of the state. Private firms can also employ this team by paying for its services.
Rival politicians are countering the role of the SSF, calling it an infringement of people’s rights and personal liberty, that is clearly mentioned in the Indian Constitution under Article 21. They are questioning the need for this unit, when a credible force like the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is already there.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responded to the resistance against the decision, clarifying that such protection forces have also been deployed in states like Orissa previously.
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