Police on toes to check drunk driv­ers, en­sure peace­ful Holi

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: Due to heavy bond­abast and ad­e­quate pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures taken by the Navi Mum­bai police, the satel­lite city wit­nessed a peace­ful Holi cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day.

Res­i­dents of var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brated the festival in their own tra­di­tional ways across the city but no un­to­ward in­ci­dent was re­ported any­where till late in the evening.

Police teams were de­ployed at all im­por­tant junc­tions and also on the ar­te­rial roads to nab the er­rant mo­torists. “All police sta­tions were alerted to keep a tab on their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tion specif­i­cally in the sen­si­tive ar­eas, if they had. Ev­ery police sta­tion had at least five pa­trolling teams and they kept re­port­ing to one se­nior of­fi­cer. There were few mi­nor quar­rels at some places, but we did not regis­ter any case,” said Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner police (spe­cial branch).

Even though the traf­fic depart­ment paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to the drunk driv­ers, the num­ber of such cases was neg­li­gi­ble. “There was hardly any pri­vate ve­hi­cle on roads till af­ter­noon. We did not find any drunk driver dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions,” said Sirish Pawar, traf­fic head of Vashi divi­sion.

Holi was cel­e­brated with en­thu­si­asm in ar­eas such as Kharghar, Kamothe, Khan­desh­war, Kalam­boli and Pan­vel.

Balasa­heb Gade, traf­fic head of Pan­vel, said, “Peo­ple came to roads to play Holi in large num­bers, but they did not flout the norms. Our of­fi­cers paid at­ten­tion to the safety of the mo­torists. But. they did not regis­ter any drink driv­ing or rash driv­ing case.”

Apart from naka­ban­dis and beat mar­shal teams, the police also kept a re­served force at ev­ery police sta­tion for han­dling the emer­gency cases. “In our area we had equal crowds on the roads and pub­lic places as we used to see in the pre­vi­ous years. For­tu­nately, the en­tire ju­ris­dic­tion went calm and quiet and no crim­i­nal case was reg­is­tered at any police sta­tion,” said one of­fi­cer from city (zone II).

The rail­way police had started the drive three days ago.

Nitin Bobade, se­nior police in­spec­tor of Vashi GRP said, “Our of­fi­cials were roam­ing on the plat­forms as well as on the tracks to make sure that no one throws wa­ter bal­loons at mov­ing trains. RPF of­fi­cials also helped us in this drive through­out the festival.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Holi rev­ellers do away with wa­ter wastage as they cel­e­brate Holi at Nerul on Thurs­day.

PHOTOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Police stop a biker on Palm Beach Road on Thurs­day. (Right) A res­i­dent of Nerul plays Holi.

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