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Durga Puja begins amid 5-tier security

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Chattogram Bureau :
Durga Puja, the biggest and sacred festival of the Bangalee Hindus begins yesterday  in the city as elsewhere in the district with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on Panchomi and formal celebration of Maha Sashthi at all temples.
The five-day festival starts  while the celebration will come to an end with the immersion of the idols of the Goddess Durga in rivers and water bodies on October 19.
Security has been beefed up in all Puja pandals throughout the city and district with deployment of additional squads of police, Ansars and RAB for peaceful celebration of the festival. Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) has taken up five tires security arrangement to ensure smooth holding of upcoming five day long holy Durga Puja.
The security measures, aimed at celebrating the festival without fear and traditional enthusiasm will start a day before the Puja and will remain in force until immersion of the idols. CMP authority has taken up tough measures with close surveillance on 121 puja pandels considered to be very important and risky in the port city.
CMP Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman, told   that  a total of 255 Puja Mondops  set up in Chattogram city by the Hindu Community this year, President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parisad Chattogram Advocate Chandhon Dhar said.
The CMP authority will deploy 12 members of law enforcing agency in and around very important Puja Mondops, eight members at important and four members police and Ansers at general puja mondops CMP commissioner said. The CMP authority will also set up a control room to smoothly handle the situation of Durga Puja, Rahman added. Besides, the intelligence agencies were directed to intensify their round the clock vigilance in and around the city, he added.
CMP has already set up nearly 120 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at different strategic points to monitor the security measures arranged for the city dwellers. He said, they will engage 2,500 police personnel at 121 points and would set up 32 check posts in different strategic places in the metropolis for the purpose.
Besides, deployment of additional three thousand forces in addition to detective vigilance has been intensified in all Key Point Installation (KPI), he said.
To make foolproof security huge check posts have already been set up at different strategic points across the city, which are now being monitored by the law enforcers round the clock.  All the entry points of the city like Shah Amanat Bridge, City Gate and Oxygen area have been brought under tight security measures with CCTV monitoring.

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