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Saturday , December 31 , 2011
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Surprise checks to prevent mishaps

- Plainclothes officers on crowd control

Flouting road rules will definitely not be a good idea over the next two days. One wrong move and you may end up spending the New Year behind bars.

Ranchi traffic police will conduct surprise checks on roads and lanes that are less busy along with the main thoroughfares on December 31 and January 1. This apart, the traffic department will also kick off an awareness week, starting from January 1. Helmet checking drive will be carried out simultaneously.

“Bikers act rowdy during the festive season and we plan to take them by surprise with our presence everywhere to prevent mishaps,” said Ranchi deputy superintendent of police (traffic) R.N. Singh.

As for the helmet drive, the DSP said: “The ongoing drive has been successful so far. Probably, this is the first time that traffic police went all out to fine violators. As a result, people started respecting and fearing the men in uniform.”

Although senior superintendent of police, Ranchi, Saket Kumar Singh and city superintendent of police R.K. Prasad did not hold any meeting to decide on measures to be taken to maintain law and order during the festive two days, a senior police officer said officers in charge of all police stations had been asked to conduct patrolling in their areas.

“A meeting had been conducted. Hotels, clubs, and other partying joints will be under tight vigil as officers have been asked to keep a tab on celebrations to prevent any untoward incident. Assembly of people in public areas like paan shops for long will not be permitted to prevent eve teasing,” he said.

This apart, special patrolling will be conducted at liquor shops and station road areas to stop illegal sale of alcohol after the normal deadline, the officer added,

However, it wasn’t clear whether speed guns and breathalysers would be in use or not on these two days to curb drunk driving as the issue was not discussed at the meeting.

The traffic DSP, who was also present at the meeting, said that a two-tier security ring will be laid at picnic spots and temples on Saturday and Sunday. “Jawans wielding lathis and security personnel in civil dress will be deputed in these areas as heavy footfall is expected on January 1,” said Singh.

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