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Kolkata cops rope in kids, seniors to spread awareness

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The southeast division police are introducing newer methods of community policing to get citizens to strive for a cleaner, quieter and safer Kali Puja and Diwali. The cops said they are appointing schoolkids and senior citizens to act as “conscience keepers” for this purpose.

“The idea is to ask them to raise consciousness in some high-rises in the Lake, Dhakuria, Lansdowne and Ballygunge areas. They will also try and impress on residents to limit bursting crackers between 8pm and 10pm,” said a senior officer.

The police, meanwhile, have seized 7,045kg of illegal firecrackers till Wednesday. In 2018, the police had recovered a little over 3,400kg. “This is one of the highest seizures in several years. The maximum quantity of such banned crackers has been seized from the East and Port divisions. Till Wednesday night, 14 people had been arrested in this connection,” an officer said.

Sources said that this year, sellers of banned crackers have changed their style of carrying the supplies.

Earlier, they used to travel in goods carriers and hide the crackers within other items. But this year, they are using public transport so they can easily evade cops during surprise checks.

 

Source: Times of India

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