Panchkula: With Holi on Monday, the Panchkula police have made special security arrangements to stop hooliganism in the city. Multi-purpose security vehicle will patrol the entire city to deter hooligans and miscreants from creating problems for the residents during Holi festival. Those creating problems during festival will likely face a stringent legal action as the local police are in no mood this year to allow any hooliganism.
The district police chief has directed the PCR patrolling parties to do extensive patrolling in the city, especially in sensitive areas. To keep a check on drunken driving, like the City Beautiful, Panchkula police will also set up check posts (nakas) at various locations in the city.
Talking to Daily Post, Commissioner of Police, Dr R C Mishra said the sensitive areas had already been identified to prevent any untoward incident. He said PCR vehicles would patrol in their respective areas throughout the day. “Dangerous driving, red light jumping, triple riding, minor driving, riding without helmet, performing stunts on two-wheelers and other traffic offences are very common during Holi festival. In order to keep a check on motorists, we have deployed special teams. While people will enjoy Holi, our teams will be on their toes to ensure that they are safe. Hooligans will not be spared,’’ said Mishra.
Meanwhile, mobile teams of the police, headed by the SHOs of the areas concerned, would also remain on duty. “Holi revellers will be dealt with under the law, if we receive any complaint,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anil Dhawan. The past years have seen many incidents of violence and clashes among different groups during the festival of colours. “Our teams will ensure that women and also residents of the city are not troubled with water balloons, colour or gulaal against their wishes,” said Dhawan. He said that police have been sensitised about the issues and been told to keep a close watch on the sale of spurious liquor, bhaang and other narcotics. “A special watch will be kept on hooligans, bootleggers and those who attempt to disturb peace and harmony during festivals,” he added. Also Panchkula has recently got a quick response team. It includes an anti-riot vehicle (ARV) and 10 special weapons action team (SWAT) commandos.
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