Siliguri, Oct. 2: Siliguri metropolitan police will depute plainclothes male and female personnel across the town to maintain law and order and prevent petty crimes such as snatching during Durga Puja.
The plainclothes personnel would be deployed from today.
Today, the police also launched Puja guide maps for pandal hoppers.
The maps would be available at the police assistance booths that would be set up around town during the Puja days.
“It has been decided that during the four days of Durga Puja, and even before that, we will depute our staff, both male and female, in plain clothes to prevent petty crimes in and around Siliguri,” said K. Jayaraman, the commissioner of the Siliguri metropolitan police.
Jayaraman, who attended the launch of the Durga Puja Guide Map at Airview More here this morning, said: “They (the police personnel) would be posted near prominent Durga Puja pandals.”
The guide maps would be available at the police assistance booths that would be set up around town during the Puja days.
“Like every year, police assistance booths would be set up, which would be manned by our officers. There will be restrictions on movement of vehicles on some roads of the town during the Puja. Added to our existing manpower, additional armed forces would be brought in to maintain law and order,” he said.
The officer, however, did not mention from where the force would be brought.
The Siliguri metropolitan police have requested puja organisers in town to install CCTVs on the pandal premises for better vigil. “The organisers have said they will try to instal them,” Jayaraman said.
The police will set up 43 assistance booths in the civic area and five along NH31 between Siliguri and Bagdogra.
In Siliguri, 450 Durga Pujas are to be held, of which 42 are big crowd pullers, police sources said.
Twenty two Pujas are organised in Matigara and Bagdogra areas, while in adjoining Ambari-Falakata area of Rajganj block in Jalpaiguri, which is also under the commissionerate, nine Durga Pujas are held.
North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb, who was present at the map launch, today, said: “The administration and police are making elaborate arrangements to ensure a hassle-free Durga Puja. The guide map can help pandal-hoppers, several of whom come from neighbouring towns and states.”