Cops lay out plans to curb use of banned fireworks

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    November 10, 2015 | 01:38 PM
Cops lay out plans to curb use of banned fireworks

The city police laid out an elaborate mobile patrolling plan across lanes and bylanes in the city to check bursting of banned firecrackers during Kali Puja. Policemen in 106 autorickshaws, 16 Tata Sumos and motorbikes will patrol in the city to check bursting of banned firecrackers, a senior police officer said.

In the past two days, Kolkata Police have seized 3,461 kg of banned fireworks from different parts of the city.

This takes the total quantity of banned fireworks apprehended till date to 6,908 kg. “Additional ar rangements have been undertaken to monitor sound pollution during the festival,” said Rajeev Mishra, joint commissioner of police (headquarters).

Nearly 40 police officers will be deployed in every division.

Twenty seven watch towers will be set up at sensitive points across the city including Amherst Street, KC Pal Street and in Lake Kali Bari area.

“In the past few years, the bursting of banned firecrackers in highrises has gone up. We have already held meetings with the representatives from all housing complexes in the city to sensitise them against the use of banned fireworks,” the officer said.

The city police will post policemen near high-rises in the city, especially at Ballygunj, Alipore, New Alipore, Shakespeare Sarani and South City.

Hourly updates would be communicated to senior officers, the officer said. Radio Flying Squads (RFS) and Heavy Radio Flying squads (HRFS) would be deployed to thwart any disruptive activity.

Around 11 Quick Response Teams (QRT) and 10 ambulances will be on stand-by to attend to calls of distress.

Special security teams will also be deployed at all Metro stations in the city to keep a check on any suspicious activity. Rules pertaining to sale of liquor at off-shops will come into effect from 3 p.m. onwards tomorrow.

The city police will post policemen near high-rises in the city.