Tight police security ensures peaceful New Year celebrations
The city welcomed the year peacefully amid heavy police presence and intensive traffic checks as no incidents were reported during the celebrations.
Since hotels and restaurants were open till 5am on January 1, large number of people from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad district came to enjoy here. However, the law and order situation was maintained throughout the night.
One minor accident took place near Kharghar toll naka in the evening when a vehicle hit another in the rear. However, no one suffered injuries and the case was solved amicably without registering any complaints.
“We had fixed checkpoints and nakabandis at 50 places in our jurisdiction. Our beat marshal teams were also patrolling till morning and giving us updates at regular intervals,” said Shahji Umap, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).
The police had also formed anti-eve-teasing squads who kept the party sites under surveillance in civil dresses. These squads were being monitored by the senior officers from both zone I and zone II.
“Women officials were available at all junctions so that female revellers could feel safe and complain about eve teasing and other problems with ease,” said an officer from zone II.
“We also deployed officials on the main roads to check the vehicles going to the farmhouses near Panvel. No one was allowed to carry firearms and other weapons to the farmhouses,” he said.
Sanpada resident Reshmi Nagpal, 24, said, “I went on a long drive on the Palm Beach Road around 11.30pm with friends. We were surprised to see the heavy traffic. We were stopped at several places by the police to check if we were drunk.”
Arup Sharma, 32, a resident of Kharghar said, “I celebrated the New Year with my family. We danced till 12.30 am. Then I went out with friends for a walk and returned at dawn”