statesman news service
KOLKATA, 5 Oct: In a bid to avoid any untoward incident during the Puja days, city police have decided to introduce mobile police assistance squad (MPAS).
A senior police officer said six vehicles of the MPAS will be patrolling round the clock during the Puja. The MPAS will be equipped with various electronic and communication gadgets. Police officers, who will be on-duty in the on-wheel assistance booths, will co-ordinate with the the control room at Lalbazar.
Pandal hoppers can approach the officers of the MPAS for any kind of assistance. The concerned officer will provide the necessary help and if required can take help of policemen posted in the area.
It would also help police avoid mishaps as an MPAS vehicles can reach a place faster and give details about an incident to the control room in details. In case there is any requirement of additional police force then it can be sent immediately. There would also be one or two women police in the on-wheel assistance booths, said a senior police officer.
A meeting on security arrangement was held at Kala Mandir today where officers-in-charge of all police stations was present. Following the meeting, Mr Surajit Kar Purakayastha, commissioner of police said, stress has been given on women security. Additional women police will be posted during the Puja.
He said besides taking steps to avoid any untoward incident during the five days of the Puja, necessary arrangements have also been made to check incidents like snatching and eve-teasing from a few days ahead of the Puja.
A senior police officer said makeshift towers have been erected at various places in the city. Pickets will be posted at all the entry and exit points. An alternate police force will be posted this year after the shift of the policemen ends.