'Party within limits!'

ENSURING PEACE

'Party within limits!'

GRAND WELCOME A huge crowd is expected on Brigade Road on the New Year’s Eve. DH Photo by Anand Bakshi

New Year and the accompanying revelry is sure to test the nerves of the City police.

And, the cops have risen to the occasion to ensure that no stone is left unturned to render the City safe. The Commissioner of Police has made an exception this year by extending the party deadline to 1 am.

The traffic police and the law and order wing have made some elaborate arrangements to ensure that peace prevails.

Additional Commissioner of Traffic and Safety Praveen Sood says a final decision on restricting people and traffic movement on M G Road will depend on the prevailing situation but the Metro work will not stand in the way of celebrations, he says. He adds, “There are no restrictions or ban on celebrations. People are allowed to walk free and celebrate in style.”

But Praveen warns that it would be nice if these celebrations are kept well within limits.
“The first case registered on any New Year is always a death by accident. Happiness has no limits but we would like people to celebrate within limits so as to prevent any untoward incidents,” he cautions.

Praveen explains additional forces have been deployed to make sure that people don’t overspeed and try stunts on their two wheelers.

“Those who wish to drink must make arrangements to be driven home rather than drive home themselves,” he says. Praveen also says that the hotels and clubs have been asked to have adequate drivers and cabs to ferry people back home. “If people partying at hotels are too drunk to drive, we would like them to either stay back in the hotels or take a cab home rather than venture out alone,” adds Praveen.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order, Bangalore City) T Sunil Kumar says he has mobilised the entire civil staff. Battalions from the City Armed Reserve and platoons from the Karnataka State Reserve Police will be deployed in the City on December 31.

The Quick Response Team will also be pressed into service. “This is an exclusive force that is trained to tackle just about any situation,” says Sunil Kumar. He says the entire police force of about 5,000 will be out on the streets.

 “The force has been oriented to tackle any untoward incidents. Orders have been sent out to hotels, railway stations and bus stations to check for suspicious people and baggages lying around,” informs Sunil.

A senior police officer with the foreign registration office says, “The list of foreigners entering and leaving the City, their background and purpose of visit will be thoroughly scrutinised and put under the scanner.”

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