Pune: Even as five deaths were reported during the police recruitment drive in Mumbai, the Pune Police has taken a lead from their Mumbai counterparts in ensuring that facilities are provided to ensure safety of the aspirants during the month-long police recruitment drive underway at the Shivajinagar police headquarters.
City police have received 71,236 aspirant applications for the posts of 1,480 constables. City police are fully geared up for recruitment process and have made special arrangements for aspirants.
Abdur Rehman, additional commissioner of police (administration) said, “In the last recruitment drive, many candidates fainted during the physical test and in Mumbai, there were five deaths. Learning from past experience, we have maintained a time for physical fitness tests between 6 am and 8.30 am at Balewadi area. We try to ensure the physical tests end by 9 am and that candidates do not have a hectic day. Even other physical tests like shot-put and high jump, we ensure that we do not make candidates do when the sun is overhead. A team of doctors along with the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) is kept one at Balewadi and other at Shivajinagar headquarters.”
He added, “During the physical test especially when the candidates run five kilometres we make sure that each candidates BP and heart beats are checked. We give them bananas and glucose water.”
Sub-inspector Mahadev Gadade said, “First we inspect the documents, verifications of the documents and on the same day we measure the height, weight and chest of the aspirant candidates. Later, the candidates run five kilometres and then conduct shot-put and high jump.”
He added, “The entire recruitment will be end by July 27. We have ample time.”
Chetan Padole (21), from Nagpur said, “This is helping me a lot as I am from Nagpur and the temperature is very different from Pune. The cops are taking care of me.”