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Safety first on Dec. 31

Calcutta police has made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order on New Year’s eve.

“Between 3,000 and 3,500 policemen will be deployed on the road on December 31. We want to play safe and have increased the number of personnel on duty this year,” said additional commissioner (I) S.N. Sarkar, after a meeting among senior officers at Lalbazar on Monday.

“Pickets will be posted outside discotheques and restaurants, and plainclothesmen will be inside to keep a close watch on revellers. Anyone found misbehaving will be arrested,” he added.

According to him, officers from the traffic department and the Reserve Force will also be on the road to ensure smooth vehicular movement. They have been asked to be on duty till dawn. Additional policemen will be deployed in high-footfall zones like Park Street, Camac Street, Esplanade, Gariahat and Ballygunge.

The police stations have been instructed to intensify patrolling and keep the divisional deputy commissioners posted about incidents in their areas.

“The idea is to prevent molestation and ensure that nobody is able to forcibly enter a club or a hotel. About 100 home guards and traffic wardens will assist the force. Mounted policemen will be in action on the Maidan,” said an officer.

Efforts will be made to curb drink-driving. “Our men will conduct random checks with breathalysers at important intersections. Those failing the test will be arrested immediately,” added the officer.

Park Street police station has taken steps to manage the crowd on Park Street. “We will try to ensure that the revellers do not obstruct vehicles. There will be traffic restrictions on adjacent roads,” said an officer of the police station.

“Jaywalkers will be fined on the spot. Those who step on the road from the footpath by crossing the police cordon will be fined. This has to be done to minimise road mishaps,” added the officer.

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