Mumbai cops on toes for peaceful New Year revelry

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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