With Holi right around the corner, Mumbai police has decided to deploy policemen around the city with extra forces on the streets and sensitive spots for a safe festival.
Beaches will witness heavy police presence as many revellers visit the sea side in the afternoon hours after playing Holi. The police said instructions to intensify patrolling have already been given to local police stations.
Keeping in mind women’s safety, police teams will have anti-eve teasing squads and also police patrol vans with women squads to quickly address women-related issues.
The stretch between Bandra and Malwani will witness heavy police presence due to a larger population base and more beaches in the patch like Gorai, Aksa and Juhu apart from seafronts like Bandstand and Carter Road.
“We have will heavy police bandobast. The entire Mumbai police force will be on duty and additional help has been called in from State Reserve Police Force,” said Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe, deputy commissioner of police. Teams from Homeguards, Force-One and Quick Response Team will also be on stand-by.
The Mumbai traffic police will also have heavy presence at various checkpoints. A senior traffic official said arrangements have been made to identify motorists and bikers who flout regulations during festivals.
Getting away with a traffic offence this year is almost impossible as you will not only be under traffic police personnel’s gaze but also watched by the CCTV cameras.
All important junctions have been barricaded to check for drink driving cases. Police will also keep a check on bikers riding without helmet and triple seat.