Security beefed up in twin city for immersion festival

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Security has been beefed up in twin cities for the immersion festival of goddess Durga today after four days of divine extravaganza.

30 platoons of police have been mobilised at the sensitive points in the Capital City to maintain law and order during procession. 12 top police officials, including five DCP rank officers, have been put in place to supervise the security arrangements and regulate crowd.

Three makeshift ponds have been created near the banks of Kuakhai, Daya and Bhargavi rivers for idol immersion in Bhubaneswar.

“All the puja committees in Bhubaneswar have been instructed to finish the immersion of idols by 12 midnight today,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said. The organisers have been asked to keep the sound level of the DJs below 58 decibel as per court order, he added.

Similarly, 46 platoons of force have been deployed in Cuttack city. Members of Quick Action Team (QAT), Special Operation Group (SOG), anti-terror squad and personnel in plain clothes have also been stationed in both the cities to avoid any untoward incident.

Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora has directed the puja committees to start the immersion procession at 8 am. Artificial ponds at Devigada on the bank of Kathajodi river have been constructed for immersion of idols.