Saturday, December 9, 2023

Tight security on immersion day

Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration is all set up for peaceful immersion of Durga idols.

The administration in association with Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samity (JKDPS) has earmarked routes for immersion of idols of the 295 licensed puja samity and has undertaken special measure keeping in view the swelling rivers.

The administration team led by DC Amitabh Kaushal, SDO Prem Ranjan, SSP Amol V Homkar inspected different puja pandals last night.

SDO said that though there has been no rainfall for more than a week and the water level have receded still there are enough locations on the river banks where a slight callousness can prove fatal for the devotees taking part in immersion.

The district administration has informed that in order to ensure smooth and incident free immersion of Goddess Durga tight security arrangements have been made and, in this connection magistrates and police officials in adequate number will be deployed across strategic locations.

About 275 magistrates jointly with 400 policemen of the rank of officers will be deployed across 33 police stations to ensure incident-free immersion. In addition to this 2000 armed personnel of Rapid Action Force (RAF), Jharkhand Jaguar, Jharkhand Armed Police will be pressed into law and order duty.

�The district administration has worked out effective security arrangements to ensure smooth and incident free culmination of the pujas on the immersion day,� said Homkar, senior police superintendent, East Singhbhum.

According to the police seven police stations have been bracketed in the sensitive zone that include Azadnagar, Mango, Pursudih, Baghbera and MGM police station area, among others, that deserve additional focus of the administrative machinery.

�In the wake of the 2009 incident it is natural for the police to be more active and the security will indeed be on the alert,� informed a vigilance officer.

�We would be taking help of local divers and deploying them in various ghats. This apart, boys with water tubes would be available in all the ghats.

The local urban bodies including Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), Jugsalai municipality, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) have been asked to clearly demarcate danger zones with red flags atop iron rods.

Balloons would also be placed at certain danger zones. Continuous instructions would be given through public amplifiers to devotees not to intrude into the danger zones while immersion ceremony,� he SDO.

The routes for the immersion ceremony have also been sent to the respective puja committees with instruction for strict compliance.

The SDO has also asked the puja committees to furnish details about number of vehicles and devotees taking part in the immersion ceremony by October 5 morning along with specific time of immersion.

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