AGARTALA, Oct 4 - The four-day Durga Puja festivities will begin in the State amid tight security arrangements tomorrow, with puja organisers getting their pandals decked up for the occasion and pandal hoppers getting ready for puja revelry.
Significantly, animal sacrifice will not take place this time around at the Durgabari Puja mandap, which had been carried on by the Manikya dynasty till the merger of Tripura with the Indian union. After the merger, the Government has been making arrangements for the puja at Durgabari.
�Due to the Tripura High Court verdict, there will be no animal sacrifice at Durgabari which has been a long tradition,� said Additional DM of West Tripura district, Tapan Kumar Das.
Shopping malls and garment outlets have been packed with crowds of people doing their last-minute shopping. Artisans, decorators and lightmen have been giving final touches to the decorations in and around the puja mandaps.
�Over 9,000 security personnel will be deployed during the puja. Some watchtowers have also been erected to keep a close eye on potential troublemakers,� said State DGP AK Shukla.
As part of a contingency plan, around 1,000 armed security personnel will be kept on stand-by to meet any eventuality. Mobile police parties will also ensure peaceful celebration of the puja, he said.
Shukla said the BSF personnel deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh border have intensified surveillance to foil any intrusion bid from across the border.