Cuttack cops ready with Kali Puja plan
Tight security arrangements will be in place for the Kali Puja festival in the city from Tuesday. The festival will end with immersion of idols of Goddess Kali that have come up in mandaps of 75 Puja committees.
Deputy commissioner of police Akhileswar Singh told The Telegraph on Monday that tight security arrangements have been made and 50 platoons of police would be deployed for the Kali Puja here this year.
“There will be a special watch on railway station, bus depot, markets and Puja mandaps set up across the city,” Singh said.
“Besides, all the sensitive places in the city will be under strict vigil and adequate security measures will be maintained at all religious places. Those found indulging in undesirable activities would be dealt with strictly,” he said.
The DCP said special emphasis would be given to protect the 20-odd Puja mandaps where idols had chandi medha (silver filigree backdrops). Two armed police personnel will be posted at each of these Puja mandaps.
“More than 50 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be in place at prominent public places, while special surveillance will also be maintained on hotels, restaurants and near shopping malls to prevent any untoward incident,” he said.
The city has been divided into four security zones. The security arrangements include plainclothes policemen, police video teams and anti-liquor squads. Police aid posts will also be set up at several places.
The security personnel pressed on duty include those from local police stations and various battalions of the Odisha State Armed Police Force, Indian Reserve Batallion, Special Operation Group and Rapid Action Force.
Around 100 officials — including additional superintendents, deputy superintendents, assistant commandants, inspectors, sub-inspectors and additional sub-inspectors — will be deployed along with Armed Police Reserve constables and around 500 home guards.
The cops will also appoint five volunteers nominated by each of the 75 Puja committees as special police officers for crowd and traffic control near their respective mandaps.