If citizens need confirmation on any information they come across any media platform—particularly, the social media—contact the police; if people need any traffic update before heading for work or school, they should visit the Kolkata Police’s social media pages or directly call the traffic control room: in a message to Kolkatans, the police top brass have requested citizens to verify every information before relaying it on to others.
With protests against CAA being reported across the state and the various rumours being spread on the agitations, the police control room has been directed to counsel residents that there was nothing to fear and to explain to them how the city had maintained overall calm, despite rallies and demonstrations. The social cell, though, has been categorically told to stay in touch with local cops and nip any rumour in the bud. “We are essentially talking about panic among residents in leaving homes on receiving incomplete or fake information or out of fear of jams. These are issues we are aiming to dispel. While protests are taking place, none has disrupted everyday life here,” said an IPS officer.
All educational institutes have been told to stay in touch with cops, especially if a school shuts its bus operations for a day. Police said all guardians were free to approach them for any help. “Let us assure all citizens that no incident of violence has been reported in the city so far. We are maintaining strict vigil. Residents are also coming forward and helping us,” said an IPS officer. Two men, Syed Jamirul Hasan and Murshid Ahmed, have been arrested for fermenting trouble in Park Circus though their lawyers, Mohd Sajid and Sk Daulat, reportedly denied their presence at the spot. Both men will be in police custody till December 21.
The Kolkata Police brass seemed relieved that so far, no major untoward incident took place in the city amid the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. While they thanked the officers for keeping in touch with various communities, managing political marches and ensuring enough police presence on the streets, the seniors cautioned the teams not to be complacent.
Top sources said deployment of cops in busy and trouble-prone areas as well as city’s entry points would continue to be deployed till December 21. More of community meetings, like the one arranged for Entally and Beniapukur residents on Tuesday, which saw a decent turnout, will also be held. The participants vowed to uphold peace and harmony and to report any attempt to stoke tension, a an officer said. The force has also been trying to ensure smooth traffic flow. “Two major political events are lined up for Thursday, a public meeting by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Rani Rashmoni Road and Left Front rally. We have come up with alternate routes, hoping to cause least inconvenience for people,” said an officer.
Source: Times of India