Bengal put on high alert amidst terror threats during Durga Puja

West Bengal on alert amidst the terror threats during the Puja festivities

 

 

The government of West Bengal has put the police on high alert amidst the terror threat during the Durga Puja festivities across the state.

 

The Chief Secretary of the state HK Dwivedi, has issued a set of guidelines and has also asked the officials to ensure that communal harmony is maintained in the state.

 

It said that the durga puja committees were asked to hire an appropriate number of volunteers in the pandals to keep a watch on the movement of suspicious persons and inform the cops in case of any emergency.

 

According to the guidelines, CCTV cameras and watchtowers were made mandatory for big Durga puja pandals.

 

The guildelines stated that the police across the state were put on alert amidst threats from terrorists and divisive groups to destruct the peace and harmony in West Bengal which will lead to law and order problems during the following the Durga puja festivities.

 

Dwivedi stated, "Special attention should be given to areas having mixed population and thickly populated areas as well as isolated places and vulnerable or sensitive regions."

 

The government also asked committees to finalize the date and time of immersion of idols in consultation with the local police officials.

 

The government has permitted immersion of Ma Durga idols from October 15 to 18.

 

The guidelines stated that puja committees should ensure that the festival do not result in annoyance of the local residents and people of other communities.

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