Tightened security at 5,385 Puja mandaps in Rangpur div

21 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: The law enforcement agencies have taken tight security measures at all 5,385 mandaps in Rangpur division for ensuring peaceful celebration of Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Sanaton community.

Authorities of different mandaps with assistance of local units of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad (BPUP) have erected 5,385 mandaps, including 164 mandaps under jurisdiction of Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RpMP), in Rangpur division this year, reports BSS.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for Rangpur Range Devdas Bhattacharya has directed all eight Police Supers for tightening security measures at all 5,221 mandaps in eight districts under Rangpur range for the Durga Puja festivity.

He passed the direction at the ‘Law and Order Affairs Views-exchange Meeting’ arranged at his conference room here on Thursday afternoon with Police Supers and leaders of BPUP for peaceful celebration of the Sharodiyo Durga Puja in the division.

“Special steps would be taken including deployment of police forces along with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Highway Police, Ansar-VDP and community police to ensure peaceful celebration of Durga Puja festivity,” he said.

Talking to BSS today, Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Abdul Alim Mahmud said the Sanaton community will celebrate ‘Sharodiya’ Durga Puja at 164 Puja mandaps erected at different places under jurisdiction of the metropolis.

“We have taken adequate security steps to ensure peaceful celebrations of the religious festivity in all Puja mandaps located under all six police stations in the metropolis this year,” he added.

Meanwhile, erection of idols of goddess Durga continues in full swing and preparations are afoot to celebrate the five-day religious festival of Durga Puja from October 4 to October 8 next in the division.

Talking to BSS, Acting President of Rangpur district unit of BPUP Ajay Prasad Babon said over 952 Durga Puja mandaps are being erected (including RpMP area) across Rangpur district alone this year.

“Preparations are continuing in full swing amid huge enthusiasm to celebrate the Durga Puja festivity with due religious gaiety in Rangpur city, three municipalities and eight upazilas of the district,” Ajay said.

Beginning with the ‘Shosthi Puja’ from October 4 next, celebration of the festival will end on October 8 next through Bijoya Dashami with immersion of the idols of goddess Durga.

Talking to the agency on Friday at different mandaps in Rangpur city, artisans Abhilas Paul, Mukul Chandra and Manoranjan Paul said they are passing busiest time to complete erection of the idols of goddess Durga with artistic fascination, creativity and colours.

Artisan Nakul Roy, Shyamol Kumar Paul and Bhabotosh Paul said they began erecting the idols of Mother Durga at 27 Puja Mandaps in the city adjoining areas three weeks ago.

“We are now working round the clock to give finishing touches to the idols of goddess Durga with different colours to give those more beautiful, charming and aristocratic looks,” Nakul said.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) of Rangpur division Md Zakir Hossain said adequate number of the law enforcement agencies would be deployed to strengthen security for ensuring peaceful celebration of Durga Puja in the district.