Monday, January 25, 2021

Police tighten belts for a safe Durga Puja, CCTV cameras keep an eye

Jamshedpur : It will be a testing time for the city police to ensure an incident-free Durga Puja in the wake of a spurt in crimes like snatching, burglary and group clashes in the city. Most of the 290-odd Durga Puja pandals across the city will be equipped with CCTV cameras this year.

Taking lesson from the past incidents the district administration is not ready to take any chance on the security front on this Durga puja. Effective police arrangement will be in place during the five-day festival with puja organizing committees being instructed to ensure all cooperation to the authorities for an incident free puja.

Along with the police mobility electronic gadgets will be pressed into service on larger scale to defuse the crisis, if any, at the local level. And, in this connection puja committees have been strictly asked to install close circuit television (CCTV) sets without lapse.

“We have asked the puja committees particularly, those receiving huge crowds at their respective puja pandals to install CCTV sets without lapse or face the action,” said a district official.

Senior superintendent of police, Amol V Homkar said that the Puja organisers through the Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti ( JDPKS), the apex body which co-ordinates pujas have been directed to ensure that each of the pandals have to install CCTV cameras.

“We have asked the Puja organisers not only to install the surveillance gadgets, but also set up a full-fledged control room for monitoring the footage about the movement of people at the pandals and also the adjoining places. The police personnel will be in direct contact with the volunteers sitting at the control room so that during any unpleasant situation at the pandal or its vicinity,” explained the senior SP.

Homkar said that a large number of footfalls of revellers are seen during this four-day puja as people, including women and girls use to come for the pandal hopping.

“During the pandal hopping at crowded place, the incident like chain-snatching, pickpocket and eve-teasing take place regularly. But, once the CCTV cameras are installed, the fear of getting figured in the CCTV image the anti-social elements will keep themselves away from the pandals which remain the most crowded place,” said Homkar.

According to information cameras will be installed at Jairam Sporting Club in Adityapur and other major pandals
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 next week,” informed a district traffic official.

“Security and traffic regulation will undoubtedly be the main issue. We will soon finalize the security arrangements and take the opinions of puja committee members,” said an official.

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