Un­der­cover cops to throng party venues, hang­outs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: All party sites and hang­out places will be un­der sur­veil­lance of po­lice of­fi­cers in civil dresses on New Year’s Eve for the safety of rev­ellers.

Of­fi­cials from the an­tinar­cotic cell said spe­cial at­ten­tion will be given to the move­ment of for­eign na­tion­als re­sid­ing in the city to pre­vent sale of nar­cotics to the rev­ellers. The de­ci­sion came af­ter sev­eral for­eign na­tion­als, es­pe­cially Africans, were ar­rested for drug ped­dling in Navi Mum­bai.

“We have taken ev­ery pos­si­ble step to main­tain law and or­der dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion. Ev­ery po­lice sta­tion has been asked to iden­tify and pa­trol the places where rev­ellers may go for par­ties. Since peo­ple get cau­tious around po­lice of­fi­cers in uni­form, our of­fi­cials will visit th­ese places in civil clothes. It will help us keep a tab on the party sites,” said Sha­haji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1).

Umap said of­fi­cials from both city po­lice and traf­fic depart­ment will con­duct naka­ban­dis and spe­cial checks near ho­tels, pubs and restau­rants through­out the night.

“The pos­si­bil­ity of for­eign na­tion­als ped­dling drugs can­not be ruled out. There are a few ar­eas such as Kopar Khairane, Kharghar and New Pan­vel, where Africans stay in large num­bers. Apart from po­lice sta­tions, three units of the crime branch have been alerted to keep them un­der watch,” said a se­nior crime branch of­fi­cial.

In the first week of June, a gang of around 40 Nige­ri­ans had at­tacked a po­lice team dur­ing a raid at Kopar Khairane. The po­lice con­ducted the raid fol­low­ing a tip-off that the Nige­ri­ans were con­sum­ing drugs in a flat and many of them re­port­edly had no pass­port or visas. One sub in­spec­tor and one con­sta­ble were in­jured in the at­tack.

The traf­fic depart­ment has also in­ten­si­fied its drive against drink-driv­ing from Wed­nes­day.

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) said, “In Navi Mum­bai, ho­tels are al­lowed to keep open till 5am on Jan­uary 1, and our of­fi­cials will be on the road till the cel­e­bra­tions are over. Puni­tive mea­sures will be taken if any­one is found drunk at the wheel.”

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