AGARTALA, Oct 18 - Tripura police have put stringent security measures in place to maintain peace in the State as it is immersed in celebrating Durga Puja across 2,500 community pandals.
�We have taken adequate measures to make the puja celebration peaceful. Besides normal policing, we have deployed around 1,200 Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans in the capital city and its outskirts,� Inspector General, Police Control, Nepal Das said today.
He said security was beefed up across the State and all big pandals would be brought under CCTV coverage. Twenty watchtowers were built in the capital and 25 drop gates set up for checking of vehicles entering Agartala.
Besides, police assistance booths were set up throughout the State, the IG said.
Patrolling by para-military forces has already started in the hilly and remote areas while the Border Security Force (BSF) was alerted to augment forces along the 856-km-long India-Bangladesh border, especially where the barbed wire fencing was yet to be constructed.
Cadres of Civil Defence and NCC were also engaged in puja duties and strict vigil was being maintained on the Assam-Agartala National Highway so that vehicles could ply even at midnight.
Das said State police also held meetings in different phases with the organisers of the pujas in the State for peaceful observance of the festival. � PTI