A Hanuman idol at a Bhalubasa mandap ahead of Ramnavami celebrations. (Bhola Prasad)
East Singhbhum district administration promised not to leave any stone unturned to ensure safe and smooth Ramnavami celebrations on April 8 and 9, more so in Lok Sabha election season.
Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal has convened a crucial meeting on Friday to take stock of preparations, especially related to security measures, for the festivity.
Besides Dhalbhum subdivisional officer (SDO) Prem Ranjan and SSP Amol V. Homkar, representatives of Jamshedpur Ram Navami Samiti, Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti and akhara committees will be present at the meeting.
Convener of Jamshedpur Ram Navami Samiti Ram Babu Singh — who is also the general secretary of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti — said there were 110 registered akharas that would take out Ram Navami processions on April 8.
In addition, many non-registered groups will take part in celebrations too.
“The only difference between registered and non-registered akharas is that the latter can’t take out independent processions. They will have to merge theirs with registered ones,” Singh stressed.
The akharas will take out processions on April 8 evening in their respective areas.
Jamshedpur Ram Navami Samiti has issued an appeal, requesting akhara committees to maintain harmony during the processions.
“This is election time. The administrative machinery is busy with poll-related work. The deployment of police personnel will be less as a sizeable number of jawans will leave for Palamau for the first phase of polls scheduled on April 10. The volunteers of various akhara committees should discharge duties properly and ensure peace during the celebrations,” the appeal said.
Immersion processions will be taken out on April 9 amid heavy police bandobast. These processions will end at the river ghats.
A team of district officials and representatives of Ram Navami Samiti led by SDO Ranjan on Thursday inspected river ghats.
Singh, also part of the team, said cleaning-up of ghats would start from Friday for which necessary instructions were given to civic bodies.
Immersions will take place at Subernarekha, Bhuiyandih , Pandey, Kapali, Sati, Bodhanwala and Baroda ghats, as well as in Dimna lake.
The Basanti Durga Puja, which coincides with Ramnavami, will also be celebrated at 12 places across the city.