The police have installed surveillance cameras at different points in Siliguri and big Puja mandaps across the city.
According to senior police officers, Siliguri is a bordering district as it shares border with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, and though there is no specific alert, all steps have been taken to intensify vigil in the city.
“Anti-national elements may take a chance and sneak into the country through Siliguri thinking that the police are busy in controlling the crowd during Durga Puja. But we are keeping a watch to identify if anyone is moving around suspiciously. Control room has been set up at Siliguri Airview More from where the police would monitor live footage of the surveillance cameras,” a police official said.
Thousands of people have already started pouring into the city to visit Durga Puja mandaps. The police are now busy in controlling the crowd and at the same time intensifying the vigil to check any untoward incident.
Senior police officers are on duty at different parts of Siliguri. Policemen in civil dresses were also being deployed near puja mandaps and multiplexes. The police have also asked Puja organisers and common people to contact the police as early as possible after finding someone moving around suspiciously. There are special teams of policemen kept ready to rush to the spot within minimum time after receiving the information.
Overnight patrolling by policemen will be conducted to avoid harassment of people.