Senior officers of the Bidhannagar commissionerate asked officers on duty on December 31 and January 1 to be ‘strict but sensitive’ with the lakhs of revellers when managing law and order. Around 2,500 policemen — including a dedicated team of women police officers on bikes and led by senior officers of assistant commissioner and deputy commissioner ranks — patrolled the streets around the party zones in Salt Lake, New Town, Lake Town and Bangur Avenue on New Year’s Eve. Cops plan to repeat the same on Wednesday to manage the crowd surge at the hotspots.
According to police, the crowd on New Year’s Eve surpassed the figures recorded on Christmas and they expect it to increase further on January 1. Eco Park recorded a footfall of around 34,000 on Tuesday while several thousands more crowded the evening and night party venues in the area.
“We have asked our officers to be strict in case of all major violations, especially those concerning drink driving and harassment of women. But we have also asked them to be polite and sensitive while dealing with revellers as we don’t to mar the festive spirit,” a senior officer said.
The recently introduced all-women police patrol team also made rounds on bikes throughout the day. Special mobile units, including arrest vehicles and ambulances, were deployed in Sector V, Karnumayee, Lake Town crossing, Chinar Park and New Town. Special deployments were made inside Eco Park, Nicco Park, Nalban, City Centre 1& 2 and Sector V.
A senior officer added there will be additional deployment of forces in the police stations. “For any emergency situation, there will be additional force at police stations that can be mobilized on a short notice. We also have a pool of civic volunteers and women police personnel on standing by as well,” said the officer.
Source: Times of India