Security beefed up for New Year bash
PATNA: Bihar police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure maintenance of law and order on New Year eve. All superintendents of police have been asked to beef up security at important public places, like cinema halls, restaurants, malls, historical temples, liquor shops and parks.
To increase visibility and accessibility of police, Patna police have decided to open an additional police station under Gandhi Maidan police station for a day.
Policemen have also been instructed to round up biker gangs performing stunts on the City roads and keep a check on chain snatching. The biker gangs usually drive dangerously in rows and perform stunts on roads leading to Maurya Complex, Gandhi Maidan, Income tax roundabout, Boring Road, flyover of Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Agamkuan, Ashok Rajpath and City Chowk.
“The main problem occurs when people assemble at a place and create nuisance with their stunts,” said an officer.
A police officer said all SPs had been asked to visit hotels and issue instructions to maintain record of visitors. “Owners of hotels, guesthouses and lodges have been advised to maintain a register to keep personal information of tourists and to insist on some identification documents like passport, driving licence, credit card, pan card or identity card from them,” police said, adding that special alert should be maintained along Indo-Nepal border belt in liaison with other forces deployed to ensure that any effort to sneak into this side is pre-empted, he added.
A police officer said over 2,000 police personnel, both uniformed and plain-clothed, including Rapid Action Force (RAF), would be deployed in the state capital to ensure peace during celebrations. “We want zero tolerance against eve-teasers and molesters. The street Romeos or tipsy revellers crossing the boundary of decency would be dealt with sternly,” he added.
Police said the officials of the rank of sub-inspector, head constables and constables, including women, will patrol the entire city, particularly during evening and late night. “We want to ensure that nobody is able to forcibly enter party venues. The policemen will be deployed in posh areas like Patliputra, Buddha Colony, Kotwali, Gandhi Maidan, Shastri Nagar, Kankarbagh, Airport, Agamkuan and adjoining police stations to ensure that there are no incidents of hooliganism,” a police officer said.
Traffic SP Chandirika Prasad suggested vehicular owners to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. “Traffic policemen have been deputed at parks to avoid any trouble. Breathe analysers will be used to check drunken driving and violators would be punished stringently. Our team will work round the clock,” he added.
City SP Jayant Kant said they had decided to open an additional police station to maintain law and order. “Extra police have also been deputed in diara area,” he added.