BY TC News Desk
Agartala, November 10: The North District Magistrate and Collector Debapriya Bardhan and the Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty on Friday discussed the security arrangements for the upcoming ‘Shyama Mayer Puja’. The press briefing was held at the conference hall of the North District Magistrate’s office.
The District Magistrate said that they had already met with the representatives of various clubs and organizations that are organizing ‘Shyama Mayer Puja’ and instructed them to follow the rules and regulations and ensure the safety of the devotees and visitors. He said that ‘Shyama Mayer Puja’ is a major festival in Dharmanagar and attracts a large number of people from within and outside the state. Therefore, the security has been tightened and the police have been deployed in adequate numbers.
He also said that the same no-entry points that were set up during Durga Puja will remain in force during ‘Shyama Mayer Puja’ as well. The no-entry points will be effective from 5 pm to 2 am every day. He added that six drop gates and four police support centres will be set up in strategic locations to regulate the traffic and maintain law and order.
The Superintendent of Police said that around 1,000 police personnel, TSRS and other forces will be active in the city during Shyama Puja days. He appealed to the public to cooperate with the police and not to take the law into their own hands in case of any untoward incident. He also advised the police personnel to be alert and vigilant and to inform the higher authorities immediately in case of any emergency.
He further said that the health department staff will be monitoring the quality of the food served on the roadside and in the hotels to the pilgrims on a daily basis. He also said that a proposal to install CCTV cameras in the major pandals and to ensure the overall security arrangements in each pandal has been reviewed and decided in a meeting with the puja authorities.