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More than 900 troublemakers held from different parts of city

Kolkata Police arrested 905 people from different parts of the city on charges of creating trouble during Kali Puja and Diwali.

Strict action was also taken against people who took part in bursting banned firecrackers. 

Meanhwhile, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate arrested 34 people for creating trouble. It also received 155 complaints about bursting of banned firecrackers.

An additional 7,000 policemen were deployed across the city to ensure that no untoward incidents take place during the festive days.

Special measures were taken to check bursting of banned firecrackers and penalise those who do. As a result, the police seized 284 kg of banned firecrackers.

There were a total of 46 complaints about bursting of banned firecrackers, playing of loud music and 
creating trouble at their respective areas.

Most of the complaints were lodged in the police station jurisdictions of Jadavpur, Patuli, Behala, Parnashree and Lake.

Policemen in teams had been patrolling the city throughout the night to keep a watch on miscreants bursting banned firecrackers, especially near government offices, hospitals, schools etc. 

As soon as they received complaints, police personnel rushed to the spot and took immediate action. In certain cases, senior police officers also had to intervene to bring tense situations under control.

A clash broke out between two groups of youth from adjacent localities, following a scuffle over bursting of firecrackers.

Soon after getting the information, a large contingent of police headed by senior police officers reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

There were also necessary arrangements to avoid untoward incidents during immersion of idols of Goddess Kali. Watch towers had been erected at important ghats from where policemen were looking out at processions.

Teams comprising officers from the City police’s River Traffic wing were posted at all ghats.

Many were seen patrolling on motorised boats. Divers were put on duty in the boats of the River Traffic police and were on a strict vigil to avoid any incidents of drowning during the idol immersion.

A senior police officer said that 1,035 idols were immersed in river Hooghly on Sunday and immersion of more idols took place on Monday.

Personnel of the River Traffic police on the boats were seen using foghorns, asking people not to go to the edge of the river. The police also took steps to check bursting of banned firecrackers at the ghats, where hundreds of people had gathered since the evening for immersion of idols.

In the run-up to Diwali, Kolkata Police had distributed leaflets and campaigned through various means to curb the menace of bursting of banned firecrackers.
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