Cops in­ten­sify drive against drink driv­ing dur­ing Holi

Po­lice to tighten screws on traf­fic vi­o­la­tors as they cause ac­ci­dents

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: The city po­lice are tak­ing all steps to make sure res­i­dents cel­e­brate Holi peace­fully and with­out ac­ci­dents.

They have ar­ranged for heavy ban­dobast and are tak­ing ad­e­quate pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to en­sure a peace­ful Holi cel­e­bra­tion this year

Apart from de­ploy­ing ad­di­tional force on roads, they have also de­cided to take stern ac­tion against drunk driv­ers dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Sev­eral peo­ple were caught drunk at the wheel dur­ing Holi cel­e­bra­tions in the pre­vi­ous years.

“We have di­rected all our of­fi­cials to take strict ac­tion if they find any­one speed­ing, sig­nal jump­ing and rash driv­ing dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

“We will crack down es­pe­cially on drunk driv­ers and rid­ers as they cause road ac­ci­dents and put oth­ers’ lives at risk. Though we will mainly fo­cus on bik­ers, the other mo­torists will not be spared,” said Salve.

The po­lice teams will be de­ployed at all im­por­tant junc­tions and also on the ar­te­rial roads to watch out for er­rant mo­torists.

“We will take ex­ten­sive mea­sures to en­sure that no un­to­ward in­ci­dents such as ri­ot­ing, mo­lesta­tion and eve-teas­ing take place in the city dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. The en­tire city will be kept un­der sur­veil­lance and there will be 3 to 5 pa­trolling teams un­der ev­ery po­lice sta­tion,” said a crime branch of­fi­cial.

“Our men will also en­sure that women of­fi­cers are sur­rounded by men col­leagues so that they are safe from drunk rev­ellers,” he added.

Res­i­dents of var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val in their own tra­di­tional ways across the city.

“Apart from naka­ban­dis and beat mar­shal teams pa­trolling the city, we will also keep a re­served force at ev­ery po­lice sta­tion for han­dling emer­gency cases. Those on field will keep up­dat­ing of­fi­cers ev­ery hour and that of­fi­cer will re­port to the ACPs and DCPs,” the offi- cial said.

“We con­ducted eight­fixed points in our area last year and the co­op­er­a­tion of the res­i­dents was also up to our ex­pec­ta­tions. The cel­e­bra­tions were peace­ful. We hope the city res­i­dents will co­op­er­ate with us this year too,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.


A boy looks at wa­ter guns at a shop in Vashi’s APMC mar­ket. (In­set) Ran­goli pow­der at a shop.

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