Police to guard water tanks in Maharashtra's Latur town

Authorities in Maharashtra's Latur town, which is experiencing an unprecedented water scarcity this summer, on Monday said they have decided to deploy police at water supply spots if the situation demands.

"The municipal corporation has already deployed home guards at the water tanks. If needed, we will deploy police there to prevent law and order issue over water supply," Latur Superintendent of Police Dnyanesh Chavan told PTI.

"There are six main water tanks in Latur. There is already a police chowki next to one of the tanks. We have increased patrolling in these areas," Chavan said.

Amid an unprecedented scarcity of water, district collector Pandurang Pol last month clamped section 144 of CrPC in drought-stricken Latur to bar assembly of more than five people around the wells and water filling points to prevent possible violence.

The order was in force till March 31.

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