As Bokaro gears up for Durga Puja, the district administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure citizens’ safety during the festival.
As many as 111 magistrates, 5 DSPs, 15 inspectors and over 1465 police personnel will be posted at nearly 156 spots across the district. These spots will include Puja pandals, market places and commercial areas.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of bureaucrats and police officers on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Uma Shankar Singh, Subdivisional officer Sanjay Singh, Bokaro superintendent of police Kuldip Dwivedi, deputy collector land records Sandip Kumar and magistrate Mahavir Singh and others attended the meeting.
Besides deputing policemen at specific spots, three companies of paramilitary forces, including Central Reserve Police Force, Cobra and Central Industrial Security Force have been instructed to remain vigilant and intensify patrolling in Naxalite areas, including Gomia, Nawadih, Upar Ghat, Kasmar, Mahuatand and Petarwar.
It was also decided at the meeting that paramilitary forces will be posted at 16 specified places in the district so that they could reach any part of the district if an emergency occurred.
Officials concerned have been instructed to keep BSF helicopters ready for aerial surveillance, if required. Intelligence sleuths have been told to keep an eye on Naxalite activities in the district.
“Besides placement of CCTVs at busy points and crowded pandals, we have told organisers to prohibit bursting of crackers. Anti-riot squads, fire tenders, two control rooms (one at Bokaro steel city while another at Bermo) will be on 24x7 duty till Vijaya Dashmi,” said Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi.
He added that policemen in civil dress had been posted in crowded spots to nab eve-teasers, snatchers and other mischief-mongers.
“Policemen have been given the responsibility to prevent crimes in their respective police station areas. If they fail, they would face action from senior officers, who are closely monitoring the situation,” informed DIG D.L. Sharma
Chas SDO Sanjay Singh said that special care will be taken during immersions on Vijaya Dashami in a bid to avoid accidents.