The Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate control rooms received 21 calls on Diwali from various locations wanting intervention by the police.
However, during the week preceding Diwali, it received 271 calls. “These calls involved issues that were solved on-the-spot. Neither any case had to be registered nor a follow-up warranted after their instantaneous resolution,” commissioner of police Rajbir Deswal said.
It may be recalled that the police had this time convened meetings with market and business associations, besides residents, not only to seek suggestions from them as to where exactly they required extra focus but also to enlist their support in maintenance of law and order during the festival of lights.
In Ambala, 163 complaints were received during the week preceding Diwali while in Panchkula the number stood at 93. In Ambala rural, only 15 complaints were received.
“Common citizenry supported the police in containing and keeping under check public drinking, besides gambling. No major incidents took place except a few skirmishes at some places which were resolved with the police being already available on the spot. One chain snatching was reported in Ramgarh. A chain snatcher was caught red-handed in Ambala,” Deswal said.
Around 16 quintals of crackers being sold unauthorised were detected on time in Ambala.
The police had this time tied up the arrangements at the hospitals and fire department besides employing the mounted armed police.
In Ambala and Panchkula, the Commissioner and the DCPs walked the markets to ensure encroachments to take care of not only the heavy rush and traffic but also to ensure smooth access for fire tenders and ambulances if they were needed in case of emergencies.