Tight security in Tripura ahead of Durga Puja


viewimage-1AGARTALA: In the wake of about 2,000 pujas expected to be held in the state this year, Tripura Police has made massive security arrangements for Durga Puja.

DGP K Saleem Ali, who reviewed the police arrangements with senior officials, said apart from CCTV surveillance, several watch boxes would also be put in place to monitor the puja crowd. The CCTVs would be installed at important puja areas and sensitive locations to monitor and regulate the crowd. Most of the crowd at big puja pandals has to pass through metal detectors.

The entire Agartala town has been divided into several sectors. Each sector will be under an SP or an additional SP rank officer. There will also be police assistance booths.

“More than 10,000 policemen in uniform as well as civvies would be deployed during the puja days, while dog and bomb squads would remain ready round-the-clock,” said a senior police official. “We do not anticipate any militant attack but we are not taking any chances. The main focus of the security arrangement would actually be on crowd management, however,” he added.

Meanwhile, all police stations have started special preventive detention of known criminals and trouble makers. Checks in hotels are also being conducted.

Princee Rani, SP (traffic), said special traffic arrangements have been chalked out to regulate vehicular movement. Vehicular movement into the city would be regulated strictly from 6 pm to 12 pm, Rani said.

Only light vehicles, two wheelers, auto-rickshaws and bicycles with a valid ‘pass’ will be allowed to enter the town, he said. Six terminal points in and around the capital city will be set up for all passenger vehicles. There will be around 700 traffic personnel in the capital, besides NCC, on 24 hour duty.