Friday, September 22, 2023

CCTVs and videographers to keep an eye on puja pandals

Himalayan Paths

Jamshedpur : With an aim to ward off any possible unlawful incident at the puja pandals during the Durga Puja celebrations the district administration has asked the puja committee pandals that attract maximum crowd to install circuit television cameras ( CCTV’s).

Moreover, �East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police, Anoop T Mathew have asked the magistrates and police officials entrusted with zones and super-zones to carry videographers for photography of any incident during the puja festivity.

�We want to ensure peaceful and safe festive season. As a step in this regard the magistrates and the concerned police officials will be visiting the spot along with videographer and conduct complete photography of the spot. This would be used by the police to nail the culprits and use the video as evidence against them during the probe and judicial procedures,� said Anoop T. Mathew.

Rambabu Singh, the secretary of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti said that there are some Puja committees that have already taken the initiative since last year. The others must follow.

“The CCTV camera phenomenon is not new to this city but, in the wake current situation these days the need for third eye has become necessary. And, it is purely security measure administration wish to take up in the larger interest of the denizens,” said the president.

The city for last several years has been witnessing the swell in the strength of the puja revellers and at the same time many of the puja pandals have been installing CCTV’s for obvious purpose without any intervention of the law enforcing agencies.

The city will see three new pujas this year, taking the total number to around 300. Most big-budget pandals, such as the ones by Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurender Singh Club and Sonari Central Durga Puja Committee, already use CCTVs. However, Sabuj Kalyan Sangh and Jamshedpur Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee (Bengal Club), which also attract people in large numbers, are not well-monitored.

The entire East Singhbhum district has been divided into 25 zones (in terms of police stations) and six super-zones (cluster of police stations) during a joint meeting of the district administration on law and order during the festive season (during Durga Puja, Diwali and Chhath).

Amitabh Kaushal. Said that each of the zone, there would be a magistrate and local police station officer-in-charge coordinating with the respective puja committees, peace committees falling under the local police station. While in super-zones a senior administration official and DSP rank official will be coordinating with the zonal-officials for effective monitoring of law and order situation.

All the puja committees (nearly 290 in city) have been asked to provide recordings from CCTV cameras to the administration whenever required. ��The zonal and super-zonal officials have already been asked to conduct meeting with puja committees every week and communicate administration directive as and when required,� added the SSP.

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