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Mumbai on New Year-eve vigil mode

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 13:12 IST

Even as revelers in India's financial and entertainment capital Mumbai gear up for New Year-eve partying, the police have mounted an unprecedented vigil across the city's hotspots.

The two-day security operation, besides facilitating smoother traffic on New Year's eve, will keep a close tab on drunken driving, rave parties and against drug abuse.

All 84 police stations have been drawn into a detailed security scheme.

"In view of recent incidents of terror attacks, we are keeping a close watch to avoid any subversive activities by anti-social elements who may try to take advantage of the festive crowds," Mumbai police chief AN Roy said.

Besides the regular police force, plainclothes teams of the anti-narcotic cell will be deployed to keep an eye on rave parties and high-profile pubs across the city and the suburbs.

Roy said recent seizures of various narcotics including 'date-rape' drugs like ketamine have prompted the police to mount vigil on several pubs.

"For the past one month, we have been keeping a watch on various pubs and raided various places where ketamine and other banned drugs were being sold. On New Year's eve every pub will be under surveillance," the police chief said.

The police have information about some discotheques where partygoers take drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and ketamine.

"Cops in plainclothes will go to pubs and discotheques on New Year's night to check if there is any consumption of prohibited substance," the police chief said.

To enforce the government directive not to allow music to be played after 1.30 am, all police stations have been instructed to keep a watch on private parties and pubs.

Though partying is restricted till 1.30 am, the government has allowed drinks to be served till 5 am.

Marine Drive, popularly known as the 'Queen's Necklace' and the most sought after spot during the year-end revelry, will be under electronic surveillance. So will be 22 major traffic junctions, malls and popular pubs.

"Close circuit televisions (CCTVs) will monitor vehicular movement all along Marine Drive. Mobile CCTV vans will be put into service outside malls and popular pubs where large numbers of people gather," said Roy.

"In addition, police teams have been equipped with breath analyzers. Twelve Quick Reaction Teams would be kept on stand-by to respond to any eventuality."