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Measures in place for safe immersion

The East Singhbhum district administration is gearing up to ensure peaceful immersion on Thursday.

The administration, in association with Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samiti, has earmarked routes for immersion processions to be taken out by 280 licensed Puja committees besides taking other measures to prevent any untoward incident in view of the swelling rivers after rain.

Sub-divisional officer, Dhalbhum, Subodh Kumar said though it had not rained for more than a week and the water level had receded, still there were enough “dangerous” spots on the river banks.

“We have decided to rope in local divers and deploy them at various ghats. This apart, boys with water tubes will be made available in all the ghats. Local urban bodies, including Mango Notified Area Committee, Jugsalai municipality and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, have been asked to clearly demarcate danger zones with red flags atop iron rods. Balloons will also be placed at certain danger zones. Continuous instructions will be issued through public amplifiers, asking people not to venture into danger zones during immersion,” he said.

The routes for immersion processions have also been sent to Puja committees with strict instructions. The SDO has asked the puja organisers to furnish details about the number of vehicles, people taking part in processions along with the specific time of immersion by the morning of October 5.

Deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Himani Pande and senior superintendent of police Jamshedpur Akhilesh Jha have jointly issued a directive, deputing 275 magistrates at different localities under the two sub-divisions of Dhalbhum and Ghatshila for maintaining law and order.

ADM, law and order, Vijay Kumar Singh said Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel had been deployed at strategic locations ahead of Navami and Dashami.

“RAF forces have already been deputed at Sakchi square and in different parts of Mango, Golmuri and Shastrinagar area. Watch towers with CCTV cameras have also been erected at Sakchi square, where members of most reputable Puja committees will converge before going for immersion. Elaborate barricades have been set up at Sakchi turnaround. More will be set up at Mango, near Old Court, Bengal Club, Shastrinagar, Jugsalai and Sitaramdera,” he said.

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