Kalinga TV News Network
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth observance of Durga Puja and Muharram across the state this year with deployment of additional 244 platoons of police force.
DGP Dr. RP Sharma confirmed that in addition to district police force, 244 platoons of policemen including 140 platoons of OSAP, 81 platoons of IR and 23 platoons of OISF, along with 3 coys of OSAF, 2 coys of CRPF and 3 units of STU would be engaged on duty during Durga Puja and Muharram celebration this year.
For an effective police communication system during the festival, additional 90 Static Sets and 140 Manpack Sets have been provided to the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police along with 2 Inspectors and 53 SIs. Similarly, 36 Static Sets and 55 Manpack Sets have been provided to the sensitive districts in the state.
“As the Tazia procession of Muharram and immersion of Durga idols will coincide, special arrangements have been made to conduct both in peaceful manner. District SPs, Collectors, Police Commissioners of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar have already held several rounds of coordination meeting with puja committee and peace committee members for peaceful observance of both the festival,” he added.
The Odisha Police have conducted a special drive against criminals and anti-social elements in the state ahead of Durga Puja and took around 1068 persons under preventive custody. They have been held under Section 110 of CrPC. The drive which was conducted across the state from September 21-27 also witnessed issuance of 1843 NBWs and booking of 552 persons under Section 510 of IPC for drunken driving and creating disturbances.
Excise Raids were also conducted during the drive and 1168 cases have been registered. While 978 persons were arrested, 20,690 litres of illicit liquor and 5042 bottles of foreign liquors were seized. 9 drug peddlers were also arrested and 1113 kgs of ganja and 12 kgs of brown sugar were seized from their possession during the drive, informed Sharma.