Tight po­lice se­cu­rity en­sures peace­ful New Year cel­e­bra­tions

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

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”

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