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District on festival alert

- Security beefed up for Holi

Jamshedpur, March 15: The recent spurt in the steel city’s crime rate and past incidents of Holi revelry turning into chaos and lawlessness have compelled the East Singhbhum district administration to plan its course of action to ensure peace during the festival this year.

Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal today held a closed-door meeting with top officials, including senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar, at the district collectorate to chalk out a strategy to rein in trouble-makers over the next two days.

“District police units and paramilitary forces will work in tandem with magistrates deployed at all police stations of the city. The deployment will begin on March 16 and remain till March 18,” said Kaushal.

He further said that this year, the administration was introducing vigilance by ‘mobile checking magistrates’.

“The mobile checking magistrates’ responsibility will be to check if policemen, jawans and magistrates are working properly at their places of deputation. We will act against negligent officials. This is to ensure everyone is on his toes during Holi,” said Kaushal.

In all, 50 magistrates have been deputed across East Singhbhum. Police station areas earmarked as highly sensitive include Mango, Dhatkidih, Sakchi, Sitaramdera, Sidhgora, Golmuri, Burmamines, Shastrinagar, Kadma, Jugsalai, Telco, Parsudih, Potka and Mosaboni.

District assistant excise commissioner Rakesh Kumar, who attended the meeting, said they would coordinate with local police stations to ensure liquor was off counters on Sunday. Excise officials and traffic police will keep vigil with breathalysers.

“Every Holi, road mishaps take place due to drunken driving. This year, we will conduct breathalyser test near important roundabouts,” said Rakesh Kumar.

Jusco has come up with a safe Holi dossier under its Zimmedar Nagrik, Zimmedar Shahar campaign. It will spread the word at Tata Steel quarters, public health centres and sister concerns on Sunday and Monday

Dos

Wear full-sleeved T-shirts/shirts
Use herbal colours
Apply oil on scalp and hair, lotion on skin
Use lukewarm water while removing colours
Wear a cap or cloth on your head

Don’ts

Use eggs, mud, tar or gutter water
Hard drinks like liquor or even bhang
Apply synthetic colours on anyone’s face
Jump or run on wet floors as this can be dangerous
Waste water