Police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda and other senior officers oversee security arrangements on New Year’s Eve
Calcutta police deployed 5,000-plus personnel across the city, many of them on small roads and lanes, to start 2013 without a law-and-order problem on their hands.
“We made special arrangements for the Park Street area like we do every year but also ensured that the smaller roads were under surveillance,” said a senior officer on Tuesday.
Over 100 pickets were set up at strategically important points to keep an eye on revellers. Fifty smaller pickets were set up on the outskirts.
“It was reassuring to see the police on the smaller roads. I have never seen cops manning guardrails to check speed in the lanes,” said a resident of Tallah Park in north Calcutta.
The number of arrests for disorderly conduct rose to 432 from 390 the year before. The maximum number of arrests was made in central Calcutta, where several bars and restaurants are concentrated.
According to Lalbazar, about 1,500 traffic cops were on the road to prevent rash and drink driving. “After most violations, we recorded the offending vehicle’s registration number. Had we tried to stop them, it would have resulted in accidents. Cases have been started against more than 200 violators,” said an officer.
Breathalysers were used on Syed Amir Ali Avenue and the Park Street-Camac Street and AJC Bose Road-Hungerford Street crossings.
A complaint has been lodged against two cops for their alleged inaction against four youths accused of beating up three girls near Park Street police station around 1.30am on Tuesday. Complainant Debkumar Bera said he and his friends tried to resist the youths, resulting in a scuffle.
A policeman came and asked what was happening. Soon after, two more cops on a bike (WB079415) reached the spot. Two of the youths fled when they saw the cops. Debkumar and his friends handed over the other two to the policemen but they, too, fled with the men in uniform allegedly looking on.
Three people died and four were injured in four accidents on New Year’s Eve. Sourav Majumdar, a 25-year-old Baguiati resident, was found lying on VIP Road next to his motorcycle with his skull fractured near Dum Dum Park around 1am on Tuesday. He was declared dead at RG Kar hospital.
Around 11pm, three youths sustained head injuries when a lorry hit their bike from behind on MG Road, near 41 Pally club in Haridevpur. Rider Biswajit Roy, 28, was declared dead at MR Bangur Hospital. Priyanka Chakraborty, 19, and Rajat Das, 20, were admitted to the hospital. The driver fled.
Around 10.30pm, Sakuntala Kustia, 42, fell off the Bondel Road flyover. She died at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. Later in the night, Bijoy Krishna Mondal, 30, and Ashim Halder, 22, were injured in a bike accident in Haridevpur.