3000 Police Personnel To Be Deployed In City On Strike Day


Kolkata: The Kolkata Police today said it will deploy around 3000 personnel to check any untoward incident in and around the city during tomorrow’s nation-wide strike called by central trade unions (TUs).

“We (Kolkata Police) have taken all precautionary measures to keep daily life smooth in and around the city tomorrow. Extra police personnel, numbering around 3000, will be there in duty tomorrow,” a senior officer of Kolkata Police said. “We will not let anybody disturb peace in the city and people who will try to disrupt the situation will face strict action,” the officer said.

Altogether 357 police pickets – North Division (21), East South Division (35), Central Division (52), South Division (56), Port Division (48), South East Division (35), South Suburban Division (48) and South West Division (62) would be set up at important crossings in the city tomorrow to control any untoward situation, the officer said.

Heavy Radio Flying Squad (25), Special Divisional Mobiles would also be on duty as each police station would get Reserve Force which would be under the supervision of Divisional Reserve Senior officers, he said.

“Arrangements have been made at bus terminus, bus depots, tram depots, Metro railway stations, ferry ghats and KMC garages, fire stations for tomorrow’s bandh,” the IPS officer said. Police pickets would be there at market places, government offices and central business district establishments, the officer added.

The measures were taken in the backdrop of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee having cautioned that her government would not allow any shutdown in the state on September 2.

“If vehicles and shops are damaged (by bandh supporters), we will take strong action. We will also give compensation,” Ms Banerjee had said.