Jamshedpur: The district administration is making high security arrangements to ensure peaceful Durga Puja this season.
Law and order machinery has been pressed into service with full speed to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival, with additional police force being deployed at several strategic locations.A meeting led by DC Amitabh Kaushal was held today.
More than 300 police officials and magistrates will supervise over 1000 jawans of Rapid Action, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) deployed at strategic locations to handle the security of thousands of people who go pandal hopping during Durga Puja. In the wake of recent incidents of communal violence in the city, the administration does not want to take any chance as far as security arrangements are concerned.
Over seven police station areas have been bracketed in the sensitive zone category. These include Azadnagar, Mango, Pursudih, Baghbera, MGM police stations, among others.
There are 280 puja pandals in the two adjoining cities of Jamshedpur and Adityapur. Owing to the early inauguration of some pandals, however, the local police stations of the respective areas have been asked to enhance the vigilance and mobile service in advance.
At the same time the administration has made it a point to see there is no let up in the policing in the Maoist infested areas of the district. With puja fever gripping the denizens the security establishment of the district pulled up its shocks to make the five-day long celebration a trouble free episode in city and rural areas, equally.
Along with district police, RAF, Home guards, JAP would be deployed. Special focus would be on areas located on the outskirts of the city like Birsanagar, Govindpur, Sundernagar, Pursudih, Baghbera.
The police control room will function for 24 hours.
Maintaining equal focus on the disturbed areas of the Ghatsila, Potka and Patamda blocks of the East Singhbhum, where Maoists influence is more than the police, the local establishment of the police has decided to provide adequate security there.
Naxalities are known for their uncertain behaviour when it comes to violence and police cannot take a chance, at least, during the pujas.
Nonetheless, SSP, East Singhbhum , Anoop Mathew has maintained that police job in the Naxal infested areas would be as usual and there is nothing as ‘extra caution’ on part of the police in the rural areas during pujas.
It would be worth mentioning that Para Pujas have registered a sound growth in the remote areas of the district though, over the years and these puja pandals draw a good number of villagers, too.