The police have rounded up 2,773 people with previous criminal records as a preventive measure before immersion day on Monday, to help ensure a trouble-free Anant Chaturdashi.
The traffic police have also installed 218 CCTV cameras across the city, footage from which will be monitored closely throughout the day.
In all, 47,000 personnel, including 4,000 police officers, 3,520 traffic cops, 12 platoons of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and 10 companies of the central paramilitary forces will be deployed across the city to ensure there are no security or law-and order problems when lakhs of revelers step out on the streets on the last day of Ganeshotsav.
The police have also deployed armed personnel with cameras at some immersion points. “At immersion points where CCTVs cameras are installed, footage will be monitored in real-time. In areas where there is no CCTV coverage, our policemen will record the proceedings. They will keep an eye for miscreants, pickpockets and look out for the safety of women,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity. The police have also formed 90 women’s-safety squads
The police have been making preventive arrests since August 27. By Sunday evening, 2,179 people had been arrested under relevant sections of the Criminal Procedural Code. Sixteen others had been caught for molestation
“We have also cracked down on drug peddlers and have registered 690 cases till now. Apart from this, 573 have been arrested under other local laws,” said deputy commissioner of police Dhananjay Kulkarni, spokesperson for the Mumbai police.