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Monday , December 24 , 2012
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Bike cops to guard Dimna

East Singhbhum police have gone a step ahead this year to ensure foolproof security at the picturesque Dimna Lake — a crowd magnet during the picnic season — with deployment with policemen on bikes.

The measure, which will be in place from December 24 till January 26, can be viewed as a precautionary step to deflect any criticism about security loopholes in the backdrop of nation-wide protests for a safer country after the gang rape of a girl in Delhi. In the previous years, posting of mere constables armed with lathis and roping in a group of local volunteers, hailing from adjoining Mirzadih and Haludbani, would pass for security measures at the lake during the picnic season.

Speaking about the special police bandobast, superintendent of police (rural) Rajiv Ranjan Singh said as many as 12 personnel on six motorbikes and 30 policemen would guard the visitors and tourists as they fan out across the banks of Dimna lake and its vicinity. “While the bike-borne men in uniform will keep a tab on eve-teasers, drunkards and other trouble-makers, the policemen will remain on vigil at strategic locations across the tourist destination,” Singh added.

The bike brigade will be equipped with wireless sets, alcohol testing equipment and pistols. The other team will carry batons to ward off rowdy elements and control the crowd.

“The special arrangement will be in place from December 24 till January 26, the period when people, especially picnickers, throng Dimna. This apart, a new thana outpost (TOP) was set up at adjoining Haludbani last week. Policemen from Haludbani TOP will also lend a hand in ensuring that the picnic season this winter remains incident-free,” the rural SP said, adding that security arrangements were also being made at Narwa Lake in Jadugora and Burudih Dam in Ghatshila.