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DGP asks SPs, DCPs to remain alert during festive season

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Cuttack: Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma has instructed the superintendents of police (SPs) and deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to remain very careful and alert during the festival season in order to tackle difficult situations.

Sharma issued a set of instructions to all SPs and DCPs for smooth management of different events during the festival season.

In view of some provocative acts led to law and order situation in some parts of the state, Sharma asked the SPs to be very careful about provocations over animal sacrifice in the Sakti Pithas as well as playing of loud speakers at high decibels during idol immersion procession.

He also directed the SPs to give special attention in communally sensitive districts for smooth observation of the festival.

The DGP said that the RSS will observe its foundation Day on the day of Vijaya Dasami (19.10.2018) and Muharram will be observed in the state on 21.09.2018 coinciding with the immersion procession of Ganesh Puja and Vishwakarma Puja at some places. This may cause some kind of disturbance in some parts of the state and instructed the SPs to be careful and alert to tackle such difficult situations.

To prevent any untoward situations, DGP has asked the SPs to take following precautionary measures.

1) Special drive to be launched for execution of warrants, unearthing illegal fire arms, arrest of accused in pending investigation cases etc.

2) Antisocial/mischief mongers/communal fanatics be taken under preventive detention U/s 110 Cr.P.C. and also antisocials be bound down U/s 107 Cr.P.C. to prevent breach of peace in the locality.

3) Hard core antisocial/criminals be booked under NSA.

4) Raids to be conducted against illicit distillation and sale of liquor.

5) While granting license for Medhas and immersion procession strict conditions be put for proper regulation U/s 30 Police Act (Urban Police Act in Commissionerate) and Odisha Fire Works and Loud Speaker Act. All immersions should be held in a single day and adequate police arrangement be made.

6) Peace Committee may be formed involving leading members to resolve disputes, if any, at the earliest.

7) Guide lines issued by Hon’ble Apex Court regarding loud speakers should be strictly adhered to.

8) Brandishing of traditional weapons during various procession should be kept under sharp watch and there should be strict compliance to law.

9) Close watch should be kept on social media to prevent misuse of cyber space by miscreants to stoke communal passion by posting blasphemous and provocative materials. Such posts should be immediately blocked and all efforts also be made to prevent rumour mongering.

10) DIBs be sensitised to remain vigilant and communicate significant developments to control room/SP Headquarters and all concerned immediately. “There should be better intelligence collection and preparedness to dissipate any situation. There should not be any delay in responding to the situation and the SP should be available at spot whenever required. There should be promptness and the firmness in addressing the untoward situation” – added DGP Dr. Sharma.

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