Kolkata: Hiding the incompetency of police Kolkata police chief Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Monday urged the pandal hoppers to stay away from the Deshapriya Park durga puja, which is featuring a giant 88 feet Durga idol.
During a press conference at Lalbazar late in the evening Purkayastha instead of exploring his force’s competency had blamed the organizers for the debacle. He cited that Puja organizers have violated the norms prescribed by High Court by constructing the 88 feet idol, which is above the allowed height.
However, questions have been raised as the organizers have briefed the police and ads depicting the idol can be seen across the city since last month.
“We will find out if all the conditions were followed. We will initiate legal steps if there were any loopholes,” Kar Purkayastha replied when reporters asked if the puja organizers had complied with all terms and condition.
Even as the police chief said that the Deshapriya Park puja will remain closed as safety and security of the pandal hoppers were the polices’ priority, senior police officials rushed to the place only after a mishap left 11 people injured.
“We realised only today that the situation could go out of hand. We did not expect the surge within such a short time,” said the CP when asked why adequate measure hadn’t been taken for effective crowd management apprehending a huge footfall.
The CP kept appealing to Kolkatans throughout the press conference to avoid this particular puja and instead visit other pandals in the city. The Kolkata police chief also did not say for how long the puja will remain closed.