Cops on toes for last day of im­mer­sion

CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled at all im­por­tant junc­tions, traf­fic po­lice to check drink-driv­ing and speed­ing

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

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice said they are tak­ing all pos­si­ble steps for the con­ve­nience and safety of devo­tees on the last day of the Gan­pati im­mer­sion.

All po­lice­men, in­clud­ing se­nior of­fi­cers, have been in­structed to be on roads to con­trol the crowd. The traf­fic depart­ment has ar­ranged for strong ban­dobast across the city.

Prashant Khaire, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1), said, “Of­fi­cers un­der every po­lice sta­tions have been di­vided into groups. They will be de­ployed across the city in the morn­ing.”

Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTVs) cam­eras have been in­stalled at all im­por­tant junc­tions of the city.

They will be mon­i­tored by a ded­i­cated team from the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice.

Of­fi­cials from bomb dis­posal squads and snif­fer dogs will also be at the dis­posal of all po­lice sta­tions.

“We have con­structed makeshift watch tow­ers at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions from where we will keep guid­ing the devo­tees through loud speak­ers. One se­nior of­fi­cer will take up­date of the hap­pen­ings every hour,” Khaire said.

The po­lice have also set up a tem­po­rary post near Shivaji Chowk at Vashi to take de­tails of miss­ing chil­dren.

“If any child goes miss­ing dur­ing the ral­lies and im­mer­sions, their par­ents and rel­a­tives can in­form the po­lice at this cen­tre. They can also call 100,” said Dhan­raj Dayama, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

“All our of­fi­cials from the child pro­tec­tion unit will be de­ployed at dif­fer­ent places for en­sur­ing safety of the chil­dren,” Prepa­ra­tions on at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi for last day of Gan­pati im­mer­sion. Prepa­ra­tion are on at Kopar Khairne pond for Thurs­day’s im­mer­sion.

he added.

Since the po­lice banned en­try of Gan­pati idols from Mum­bai in the city this year, the area of Vashi is likely to see rel­a­tively less crowd on Thurs­day.

“How­ever, we don’t want to take any chance. En­sur­ing safety of each and every devo­tee is our re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Khaire added.

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic), said, “Spe­cial at­ten­tion will be paid to the men­ace of drink-driv­ing. If a mo­torist re­fuses to use the breathal­yser, he will be taken to the near­est hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal tests. We will also con­duct naka­ban­dis on all ar­te­rial roads to pre­vent rash-driv­ing, sig­nal jump­ing and speed­ing.” This Ganesh shrine at Pai Li­brary in Dom­bivli was made us­ing 31,000 books.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

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