Jamshedpur, Oct. 2: As part of its effort to make Durga Puja festival incident free and peaceful, the district administration has asked people to carry identity card while they go out of home for pandal-hopping.
The East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar organised a meeting of senior police and administrative officers, where he stressed upon stern measures against the trouble mongers besides drawing an action plan for security arrangement across the city.
The meeting was attended by senior SP, Anup T Mathew ,SP (City), Prashant Anand, and other officers.Apart from strategic deployment of police force, setting up of control rooms and deputation of magistrates, it was decided to check the I-card of people visiting pandals. Moreover, it was discussed as to how to keep the festivity during the grand Puja without any major incidents.
SP (City) Prashant Anand confirmed that they will be extra vigilant during this Puja.” We have put the security personnel on alert. We have put the intelligence-gathering mechanism on the alert for the Durga Puja here. If anyone is found indulged in creating law and order situation in or around a puja pandal or on the street, we will check the person concerned is a bona fide citizen.
We will, therefore, check the I-card of the person concerned. If he is found to be suspected we will take action against him,” said Anand.
Notably, in the steel city over 300 Pujas are being organised, several of them huge crowd-pullers. As maintaining law an order and streamlining the vehicular traffic during the Puja happen to be a big task for the administration, it has deputed 175 magistrates across the steel city for monitoring the security at the Puja pandals and also security of people on the important thoroughfares.
These magistrates will be supervising about 2,500 police men who have been deployed across the city for maintaining law and order.
Rapid Action Force and Jharkhand Jaguar personnel jointly with the local police will keep its mobility in the sensitive areas during the five hectic days and policewomen in plain clothes will be deployed at puja pandals to keep a check on the movement of the crowd.
Vehicular traffic, the major concern during the pujas will be under the administration’s scanner from next week as this issue is also an impediment in the way of organizing smooth puja.
“Road accidents leading to blockading of streets is very common in the city so, to avoid such scenes during pujas the traffic police has worked out revised route chart for heavy vehicles movement that will be made public this week,” informed a district traffic official.