Chandigarh: As many as 20 traffic check posts (nakas) with more than 200 traffic cops armed with ‘alcohol sensors’ will be on duty during Holi festival, scheduled on Monday.
Eish Singhal, SSP Chandigarh Police said, “Apart from the traffic police force, 1,120 policemen will on duty during Holi festival.”
The police teams will keep vigil on miscreants and hooligans and police personnel will be deputed for keeping a check on any untoward incident in the city. The police will be deputed from 8 am onwards, added the SSP.
The 1,120 policemen, include 6 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 23 Inspectors, all SHOs and other officials. Nakas will also be seen around the Panjab University, colleges and venues where Holi celebrations are being organised.
Apart from the officials of the police stations, PCR and traffic officials will also be deputed to check any traffic violations. Cheetah squads will be patrolling the city. Busy market areas and that of the villages in and around the city will see more security than rest of the city.
The anti-molestation units of the police will also be deputed. Gates of the Panjab University, roads leading to various colleges, gehri route (inner roads in sectors 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7), Sector 17 and other such locations will be under strict police scrutiny. A police official said that citizens are advised to use other landline/mobile numbers of police, in case there is any problem in connecting 100 number due to some technical snag or network problem or any other reason.
It is mentioned that during Holi festival in 2016, 33 were sentenced to one month imprisonment while one person reportedly a student Manav Kalucha’s was sentenced imprisonment of six months for two violations in a week on March 17 and 23. However, student Manav Kalucha’s jail term was suspended later and he was released on a bail bond of Rs 10,000. The court imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on the 36 violators while one person was fined of Rs 2,500.
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