Mumbai cops on toes for peaceful New Year revelry
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Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011, 21:59
Mumbai: Elaborate security arrangements have been made across the city to ensure that celebrations on New Year eve pass off without any untoward incident, with special focus on prevention of eve-teasing and drunk driving accidents, police said on Friday.

"Seventy per cent of the 40,000 city police strength will be on the streets maintaining strict vigil on 31st night and the cops' presence will be more visible at the localities that are infamous for eve-teasing," said Deputy Police Commissioner (spokesperson) Nisar Tamboli.

No boating parties will be allowed at the Gateway of India shore, he said, adding "hotels and restaurants across the city will be allowed to play music in their establishments till 1.30 AM, and will be allowed to remain open till 5 am".

At Gateway of India, where revellers usually gather in large numbers to welcome New Year, special enclosures will be made for females, police said.

"There will be cops in civil dress who will keep a watch and nab troublemakers if there are any. There will also be CCTV cameras that will capture the movement of the crowd," Tamboli said.

Similar arrangements are being made at seafronts like Juhu, Girgaum chowpaty, Marine Lines, Haji Ali and Dadar, the official added.

With police already on their job, traffic police have prosecuted 174 motorists on a special drive on drunk and driving on Wednesday night, police said.

"There will be a special drive on the 31st night as well. After the celebrations, many revellers are likely to drive their vehicles under the influence of alcohol which may result in fatal accidents," he added.


First Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 21:59

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