Cops to take measures to check bursting of banned crackers
Besides chalking out an elaborate plan to avoid any sort of untoward incident during Kali Puja and Diwali, the city police have taken necessary measures to check bursting of banned firecrackers.
Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of the Kolkata Police, said that stringent measures would be taken if anyone is caught bursting banned fire crackers.
The top brass of the Kolkata Police including Kumar and joint Commissioner of police (headquarters) Supratim Sarkar held a meeting with the Kali Puja organisers in Kala Mandir on Thursday evening. Senior officers of the state fire and emergency services department, CESC and Kolkata Municipal Corporation were also present in the meeting.
Kali Puja this year is on October 29 and the Puja organisers have been told that the last date for immersion of the idols is November 1. Some Puja organisers have raised certain issues like harassment caused to pandal hoppers due to plying of auto-rickshaws on certain routes in the meeting on Thursday.
Bursting of firecrackers takes place on the terraces of highrises. Thus the police have also made necessary arrangements to keep a watch to check bursting of banned fireworks.
There will also be policemen in plain clothes at areas like markets, big jewellery shops and multiplexes to avoid incidents of snatching mainly on the day of Dhanteras.
There will be sufficient round-the-clock patrolling on roads to check deterioration of law and order situation.
Bidhannagar Police too initiated naka checking at strategic intersections to check trucks coming in with banned firecrackers. A senior police officer said that the people a huge cache of banned firecrackers are seized every year before its carriers manage to enter the city.
The Kolkata Police have intensified the checking of vehicles at all the entry points of the city from South 24-Parganas.
There are certain areas like Nungi in South 24-Parganas where hundreds of firecrackers manufacturing units are situated and every year banned firecrackers are brought into the city from those places ahead of the Kali Puja.