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Jamshedpur: People throng markets on Diwali eve

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500 policemen, 30 magistrates deployed for peaceful Diwali

Jamshedpur: Markets in Steel City saw a steady flow of people looking to stock up on gifts and sweets on the eve of Diwali, with shops selling earthen lamps, firecrackers and decorative items turning a decent profit.

In an innovative way to ensure incident-free and peaceful festival of lights Diwali, the district police have tightened its belts and made special security arrangement at the prominent marketplaces in the steel city as a run up for the festival.

As a unique step, the police have deployed Quick Response Teams at Sakchi, Golmuri, Bistupur, and Mango markets in view of the unprecedented rush there. The QRT personnel, which also include women are equipped with wireless sets, batons and pistols.

The East Singhbhum police department has also deputed about 500 policemen across various pockets of the city to keep an eye on the untoward incidents. City SP, Prashant Anand said that adequate police force have been deployed to also check rash driving on the roads.


The district administration has also deputed more than 30 magistrates across the city who shall be patrolling every now and then.

The Tata Main Hospital (TMH) and the MGM Medical College and Hospital are equally prepared to treat burn cases keeping in mind the risk of fire incidents. In TMH, extra doctors in emergency unit and the burn care unit have been pressed into service for tomorrow. The MGM Medical College and Hospital have also prepared similarly asking its doctors in BCU to be on duty tomorrow.


The district administration will have fire brigades stationed at various places across the city so that it can reach on time in case of any emergencies. Fire brigades will be stationed at PCR, Station-Bagbera Chowk, Mango chowk and in front of Sonari aerodrome.

According to police officials , the QRT forces have been raised by giving them special training to cope up with emergency situation in the crowded public places, especially at marketplaces prior to festival and puja occasion.


“Such forces are given special training to remain vigilant against pickpockets, purse and chain snatchers and frauds who get active in making their attempts on those who come to the markets for shopping,” said the senior police officer.

The QRT forces will also be looking into the matters involving traffic snarls and congestion caused in the crowded marketplaces, and will ensure smooth passage to the people who visit the market for the shopping.


He said that orders had been passed to the policemen on night duty to note down the registration numbers of vehicles that pass through the city roads after 11 pm.

“We are not taking any chances and are monitoring the situation minutely. Even those walking on the roads could be searched or frisked anytime by the policemen,” he said.


He urged the area residents to cooperate with the police checking vehicles during the wee hours or late in the night.


Traffic cops said they were laying special emphasis on ensuring smooth movement of traffic around the main markets so that visitors do not face any inconvenience.

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