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Odisha seeks Central force for Durga Puja, Muharram

Cuttack, Sep 29: Odisha on Thursday sought central force for the smooth celebration of Durga Puja, which coincides with the Muharram.

Keeping in view several incidents of communal tension witnessed during the recent Ganesh Puja in Balasore, Rourkela and Kendrapara, DGP KB Singh has sought at least four companies (more than 400 personnel) of Rapid Action Force (RAF) from the Union Home Ministry for deployment during the forthcoming Durga Puja and Muharram, which falls on a same day.

Singh said the RAF personnel will be deployed at communally sensitive places of the State.

He said the Centre was requested to send the RAF companies before the Durga Puja, which is commencing on October 8.

The DGP also held a videoconference with all Range IGs, DIGs, SPs, Commissioner of Police and DCPs and instructed them to remain alert and prepared for any eventuality.

“Ensure the twin festivals are celebrated peacefully,” instructed the DGP. Director Intelligence Sunil Ray and IG (Law and Order) Satyajit Mohanty also interacted with the range and district officials.

The DGP also appealed to the people of all communities to maintain communal harmony during the observance of the twin festivals. He issued a set of advisories to all police personnel to tackle tactfully any communal tension or untoward situation during the festivals.

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