Jamshedpur, Jan 24: With an eye on Maoists violence in the West Singhbhum, the police administration have tightened security arrangements across Kolhan division in view of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 . Though Intelligence reports have not specified any particular threat perception, a general alert has been sounded across the division.
However, concern over the recent spurt in criminal activities in the city over a thousand police personnel have been posted in and around the city and at all vital installations.
“High profile security arrangements have been made this time. The recent murders in the city are also one of the prime reasons for the additional deployment of security forces. JAP commandos have been deployed to thwart any untoward incident. Moreover, all the key installations in the city will also be under the hawk-eyed vigil of the police,” said a senior district official.
The police and administrative machineries are gearing up to security arrangements after putting the police stations in all these three districts under Kolhan on high alert.
Significantly, the district police authority are taking extra attention while deployment of forces in the strategic location keeping the naxal-sponsored violence at West Singhbhum recently.
East Singhbhum district police maintains that it has beefed up the security arrangement at the areas that fall in its jurisdiction, the authority of West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts claimed that they are deploying forces at strategic locations in the township and also the rural areas.
Special checking drive is being organised at the border areas of the city. Close vigil is being kept at the strategic locations like markets, bus stands and hotels. The authorities at hotels have been asked to report to the nearest police station on any suspicious person. The police are continuously patrolling the road outside on foot and in vans.
An official of Seraikela-Kharsawan said that the security arrangement was being made keeping the history of this rebel-infested district in view. “This time extra vigilance will be maintained in the naxal-infested areas like Chowka, Chandil, Kuchai and Kharsawan. We have made necessary security arrangements to tackle the Maoists threat perception observed during the last Republic Day celebration here,” he said.
Similarly, at naxal-infested areas in West Singhbhum district, the police will undertake special operations so that the rebels may not come over ground during the Republic Day celebration anywhere.
The police official pointed out that the separate teams of police and paramilitary forces will remain mobile and ready to respond to any emergency. “The moment we get information about a naxal act in any of the spots, the special operation will be launched immediately,” he said.
The preparedness for a peaceful Republic Day celebration is on at the East Singhbhum district also. Senior superintendent of police Prabhat Kumar said that police and paramilitary forces are being deployed at a number of locations in Ghatshila sub-division so that the people living in the rebel-infested areas can celebrate the national festival fearlessly.