Police will use portable microphones to offer help to those restrained by bandh enforcers on Wednesday.
“We will make announcements at key intersections urging people to approach us if they are stopped from working during the 24-hour general strike called by Citu,” said a senior officer.
The decision follows an order by the state chief secretary that reached Lalbazar on Monday. It directs the police to inform the public that the high court had made forcible imposition of strike illegal.
The order states that “wide publicity may be made through miking at local levels that forcible stoppage of normal life has been held illegal by Honb’le High Court”.
Officers at the police headquarters said they had never used microphones to reach out to people during a bandh.
Around 5,000 cops will be on bandh duty on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be 300 pickets. Personnel will be posted outside Metro stations, 33 markets and 52 offices.
The chief secretary’s order instructed police to make arrangements for both Wednesday and Thursday. In Bengal, Citu has called only an industrial strike on Thursday.
“Adequate reserve police force be kept with vehicles at strategic centres so that whenever required they may be deployed quickly to deal with any untoward situation,” the order reads.
An assistant commissioner will be in charge of every two police stations. Two assistant commissioners will report to a deputy commissioner.