Calcutta police will provide the protective ring in and around Nabanna, the HRBC building where the temporary secretariat will be located, and their Howrah counterparts will maintain peripheral law and order.
The Lalbazar top brass drew up the security responsibilities on Tuesday, barely four days before chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s scheduled visit to the new secretariat across the Hooghly.
“The internal security and traffic leading to the building will be the responsibility of Calcutta police. The Howrah police commissionerate will take care of general law and order inside and outside the building,” joint commissioner (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra said.
“Any police case relating to law and order will be registered with the local police station under Howrah commissionerate,” he added.
The “local police station” strategy was agreed upon after the police brass racked their brains on identifying the court where the cases would be referred. Since all the criminal cases in and around Mandirtala are handled in Howrah, senior officers felt transferring them to a court in Calcutta would be a cumbersome task.
Accordingly, it was decided that all cases — including penalties for traffic rule violations — would be registered with the local police station under the Howrah commissionerate.
“If Calcutta police handle law and order, there would be jurisdiction issues because the ambit of the Alipore court doesn’t extend beyond the Hooghly,” a senior officer said.
Experts overseeing security arrangements at the 15-story building said Calcutta police have the requisite skills and experience to offer safety shields since it had been handling VVIP security at Writers’ Buildings for decades. “Taking care of the internal security of the building wouldn’t be much of a problem,” one of them said.
The bigger challenge lies outside. On one side of the building is Kona Expressway and on the another is GT Road — twin arteries connected by a number of smaller roads, lanes and bylanes.
“These bylanes can become escape routes for any criminal. We have to keep vigil at several points round the clock,” a senior officer of Howrah city police said. “Besides, two approach roads (Calcutta-Mandirtala-Foreshore Road-GT Road and another Kona Expressway-Mandirtala) run close to the HRBC building.”
UNDER CALCUTTA POLICE
- West to North: Circular Road second bylane to Shashtitala bus stand
- North to East: Kasipara More to Harilal Banerjee Road
- East to South: Sarat Chatterjee Road to Tarapada Chatterjee Road
- South to West: Chashadhopapara More to Sitanath Chatterjee Road
- East to West: Toll plaza to Sarat Chatterjee Road