Pradeep Pattanayak

As many as 50 platoons of police force and 300 senior police officers will be deployed across Cuttack city to ensure law and order during Kalipuja and Diwali, informed Cuttack DCP Pinak Mishra on Sunday. 

The Commissionerate Police has taken adequate arrangements to ensure zero crime during the festivals. 

Informing about the arrangements in place, Mishra said, “Besides six officers of Additional DCP rank, around 37 officers of ASP rank, 55 officers of inspector rank and 282 officers have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order.”

Mishra also informed that stringent action will be taken against cracker manufacturing units and those who will be found selling them. 

People have been directed to remain careful while bursting crackers. The bursting of crackers is allowed between 8 pm to 10 pm. Those who will be found violating the direction would be punished, informed Mishra. 

A joint team of police and Odisha State Pollution Control Board will go around the city to ensure strict adherence of directions. 

Notably, Goddess Kali will be worshipped at 90 pandals in Cuttack. Of them, there are 25 such pandals where the tableau is made of silver and the goddess will be adorned with gold ornaments. This is another reason why the police have given emphasis to heavy deployment.