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Visitors throng picnic spots

- Gas cylinder explosion injures one, police conduct random checks

The weather god did not play spoilsport and a bright, sunny first day of the New Year meant that most people were out at picnic spots in and around Jamshedpur on Tuesday.

Located in the heart of the steel city and being easily accessible, Jubilee Park was the biggest crowd-puller with the footfall easily touching about 10,000. In fact, people jostled for space to sit down and have a hearty meal with friends and families at the park. The rush of visitors gave a harrowing time to traffic policemen, thanks to the string of parked vehicles outside.

However, the celebration was slightly marred when a gas cylinder, meant to blow balloons, burst in front of the park. The incident, which occurred near Baug E Jamsheed in the evening, injured the balloon seller, 22-year-old Md Shamim. He was rushed to Tata Main Hospital.

The other happening spot was Dimna Lake, which witnessed at least 7,000 to 8,000 visitors, including merrymakers from neighbouring Bengal. Visitors from Jhargram, Kharagpur, Calcutta and other parts of Bengal had trooped in for an outing by the picturesque water body.

“Except for the bad roads, Jamshedpur is an ideal place for sightseeing in winter. We took more than seven hours to reach Dimna,” said Birendra Kumar Ghoshal, who came with a group of 30 from Barrackpore, Bengal.

Hudco dam in Telco was also crowded despite being far away from the centre of the city. New Year revellers also flocked to Bhetya Park in Kadma and Narwa Pahar and Kanderbera on the outskirts of Jamshedpur.

Tata Steel Zoological Park also teemed with around 11,000 people.

East Singhbhum police, on their part, ensured safe and secure New Year celebrations. The men in uniform, who were on their toes right from the morning, conducted random checks in front of Jubilee Park, Dimna (near MGM Medical College), Hudco dam and Domuhani river in Sonari. A crackdown was also launched on bikes without helmets, triple riding on two-wheelers and cars with tinted glasses. They also seized alcohol, which increases chances of eve-teasing, from revellers.

“Nobody is stopping the public from celebrating New Year’s Day, but rules ought to be followed for everyone’s safety,” said Rakesh Mohan Sinha, traffic DSP, East Singhbhum.