Nagpur: An Anti Human Trafficking Cells will be set up under Nagpur Police Commssionerate, a notification from Maharashtra Home Department stated.
The Home Department of Maharashtra Government has decided to replace previous orders and set up Anti Human Trafficking Cells in 45 police units in the State, including one at Second Capital of the State.
The Director General of Police had sent a letter to the Home Department in March this year. He had proposed to sort out the issues in functioning. He had also moved a fresh proposal focussing on streamlining the anti human trafficking effort. The Home Department considered the proposal and deliberated upon it. Now, it has decided to supersede all previous orders and set up anti-trafficking cells concerning women and children.
All the districts and both police commissionerates have been included in the list of units where these cells will be set up. As per the latest decision, these cells are to be set up in 45 police units in the State. These units include a total 13 from Vidarbha region.
Apart from Nagpur City and Nagpur Rural, Amravati City and Amravati Rural, the other units in Vidarbha where the anti human trafficking cells are to be set up include Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Washim, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Wardha, Gadchiroli, and Gondia. As far as the State is concerned, these cells will be set up in 11 police commissionerates and 34 districts.
These units will get a manpower strength of 573 ‘from the existing posts’. Each of the police commissionerates, including Nagpur city and Amravati city, will get a post of Assistant Police Inspector (API), one post of PI, two posts of Police Sub-Inspector (PSI), one post of woman PSI, and 10 other posts.
Each of the rural/district units will get a post of Sub-Divisional Police Officer/Deputy Superintendent of Police, one post each of PI, PSI, woman PSI, and eight other posts.
Each of the 45 cells will have jurisdiction comprising areas under respective police units as well as all railway police units therein.
Taking cognisance of the reports of trafficking of women and children from Maharashtra, the State Government had decided to set up anti human trafficking cells in some of the police units, way back in 2011.
Later on, some more units were added to the list in 2012 and in 2020. However, some administrative issues cropped up in effective functioning of these cells due to manpower provided from available strength.