Bengaluru imposes Section 144 on New Year's Eve

Karnataka govt issues guidelines for New Year celebrations in Bengaluru; imposes Section 144 on December 31

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The Bengaluru City Police imposed section 144 (prohibitory orders) on Dec 31 that will kick in at 6 pm and last till 6 am on January 1 to prevent revelry in public places on New Year's Eve due to the pandemic.

The police have also prohibited celebrations after 11 pm on New Year's Eve.

Outlining the measures on Monday, Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said, "Celebrations in parks, streets, and public places are banned. Assembly of five or more people is banned for 12 hours. If anybody is found violating the rules, they will be booked.”

Pant said that members of apartment communities, clubs, and others cannot hold celebrations with outsiders.

“No-man zones will be created in places that usually draw large crowds on New Year’s Eve," he said, adding these zones will come upon MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar.

The commissioner also said that pubs and restaurants must have a prior coupon system to allow people on Dec 31 into their premises.

“Only those who have booked in advance will be allowed and others are barred from entering these places. Jurisdictional police will also keep a tab on such entries. The strength shall not exceed 50% of the regular strength,” he said.

Bike stunt and jolly rides banned

Pant also issued a stern warning to youngsters resorting to bike stunts and wheeling. “Unnecessary travelling, wheeling, jolly rides on bikes, and loitering on the streets is not allowed. If anyone caught doing so on that night, they will be booked under various charges and vehicles will be seized.”

All flyovers will be closed for traffic. Major signals and junctions will also be barricaded to regulate traffic across the city.

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