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Police ensure safe start to 2007

HEAVY POLICE presence and checking on all major roads resulted in a comparatively safer start to the New Year 2007 with no major law and order situations occurring and hardly any road accidents being reported during the night leading to the New Year.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 16:26 IST

HEAVY POLICE presence and checking on all major roads resulted in a comparatively safer start to the New Year 2007 with no major law and order situations occurring and hardly any road accidents being reported during the night leading to the New Year.

New Year revelry usually comes accompanied with ugly incidents of fatal road accidents or drunken brawls. This year, however, the Bhopal Police made its presence felt in an effective manner well before the big day and that went a long way in keeping things under control.

Vehicle checking drives on all major roads were initiated a couple of days in advance as per directives of Bhopal IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh. Besides, Bhopal SP Anant Kumar Singh, ASPs Dr G K Pathak, Deepak Verma, Arvind Saxena and other senior officials also conducted rounds across the City from around 10 pm on December 31.

Senior police officials ensured law and order situation remained normal well past midnight. Police pickets were set up on all major roads leading to the City and the ones that have a heavy rush of traffic inside the City too. Police personnel deployed on all points at the City were busy conducting checking of vehicles from evening onwards. Police also kept a strict tab on any drunken driving.

The road leading to the Boat Club on Upper Lake was closed from late evening and only families or people having passes for parties organised at various locations on the Upper Lake were allowed passage, SP A K Singh said.

He added this step proved very effective in regulating crowd on the lake and preventing rowdy and unruly elements from spoiling the fun of genuine partygoers. The Upper Lake had witnessed some rowdy scenes last year and police had to resort to using mild force to disperse drunken revelers who were creating a ruckus until about 2 am there. To avoid a repeat of that situation, City police made effective arrangements this time round and they proved effective too.

No major or fatal road accidents were reported either. Barriers on highways and police presence at dhabas and eateries located in the City’s outskirts also ensured no untoward incidents at any location. Although, there were a few isolated incidents of minor scuffles they also went unreported. However, no major brawl or group clash was reported from any police station area of the State Capital, the SP said.