Cops intensify drive against drink driving during Holi
Police to tighten screws on traffic violators as they cause accidents
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.