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Security beefed up for Durga Puja, no let up in Maoists infested areas

Jamshedpur, Oct. 18: The East Singhbhum district administration has beefed up security arrangements to ensure peaceful Durga Puja celebrations this season and the law and order machinery has been pressed into service with gusto for the purpose. Additional police forces have been deployed at several strategic locations.

East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and SSP Anoop Mathew have issued orders to deploy magistrates and more than 400 police officials across 11 blocks and 33 police stations in the district.

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 the Puja fever gripping the denizens, the security establishment of the district has pulled up its socks to ensure that the five-day long celebrations remain trouble-free episode in city as well as the rural areas.

Along with district police, RAF, Home Guards and JAP personnel would be deployed. Special focus would be on areas located on the outskirts of the city like Birsanagar, Govindpur, Sundernagar, Pursudih, and Baghbera. In addition, the police control room will be operative for 24X7.

Maintaining equal focus on the disturbed areas in the Ghatsila, Potka and Patamda blocks of the East Singhbhum, where Maoists influence is reportedly more than the police, the local police have decided to provide adequate security those areas. Since Naxalities are known for their uncertain behavior, the police cannot take any chances, at least, during the Pujas.

However, East Singhbum SSP 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 is worth mentioning here that Para Pujas have registered a sound growth in the remote areas of the district over the years and these puja pandals draw a good number of villagers, too.

Keeping in mind the huge crowds that congregate at various places across the city during the festive season, the police will set up watch towers to ensure safety of the revelers as well as for safe immersion of idols on the Dashami day.

“We are taking all necessary security measures to facilitate the pandal hoppers, especially who will come to the city from outside during Durga puja. There are at least 300 Sarbojanin Durga Puja pandals across in the city.

The district administration has already convened meetings with Durga Puja committee members and issued guidelines for them.

The puja organizers have been asked to ensure installation of effective fire fighting system and also to provide identity cards to their volunteers. The norms for entrance and exit points in pandals have also been prescribed,” said Vijay Kumar Singh, an official said.

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