The Delhi gang rape, which triggered a nation-wide call for better security for women, has served as a lesson for the East Singhbhum district administration that has decided to keep a hawk’s eye on tipsy revellers this festive season.
The district officials have joined hands with state excise department to rein in eve teasing, molestation and brawl under influence of alcohol at picnic hotspots.
Assistant commissioner of excise, Jamshedpur division, Rakesh Kumar issued a communiqué to the department’s staff — copies of which were sent to police and the district administration — on Wednesday, directing them to monitor people consuming alcohol at public places to prevent sexual harassment. The order has to be implemented with immediate effect and the curbs will be in place till mid-January (Makar Sankranti).
“Four sub-inspectors and one inspector at our disposal will lead small teams and keep vigil near popular picnic spots. Anyone found consuming alcohol in the open will be caught and the liquor seized,” Kumar said.
He added though a rule prohibiting consumption of alcohol at public places was in place, they would go all the way to enforce it strictly this year. “People can consume liquor at licensed bars or at any closed location, but not in public places,” said the official.
Violations will attract a fine up to Rs 10,000 and three months of imprisonment.
Dhalbhum SDO Subodh Kumar has also ordered deployment of magistrates at picnic spots in and outside the city for maintaining law and order. “In all, eight magistrates will be deputed at seven identified picnic spots. At Jubilee Park, there will be two magistrates as it draws maximum number of picnickers,” he said. The other places are Dimna Lake, Hudco Lake (Telco), Domuhani (Sonari), Rankini Mandir (Kadma), Narwa (Jadugora) and Bhetiya Park (Kadma).
District police are also on their toes. DSP, Jamshedpur, K.N. Choudhary said adequate number of policemen would be on patrol duty at all picnic destinations. “We will also deploy women personnel in civil dress. Besides, all patrol teams will have women constables,” he added.