Police, rly cops step up security before festival

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 05, 2015 00:57 IST

On Friday, while the city will celebrate Holi, the police will conduct nakabandis at various places and take action against motorists found to be driving after consuming alcohol.

“To ensure security of women, police presence will be increased at places where people usually go to celebrate Holi,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and spokesperson of Mumbai police.

The Central Railway’s Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) have also formed 10 teams each to stop troublemakers from throwing water balloons and colour on commuters.

The teams are visiting slums located near railway tracks to talk to youngsters and their parents about how such acts jeopardise the safety of passengers.

They have held sessions at slums adjacent to Kurla, Dombivli, Govandi, Mankhurd, Chembur, Kurla, Dockyard, Reay Road and Wadala stations.

These teams will travel on the trains before and on the day of the festival to ensure help is available in case of any emergency.

As a precautionary measure, the Central Railway has asked commuters not to stand on the footboard. “We are taking all necessary steps to prevent any mishaps. But commuters also need to be careful about their safety,” said Narendra Patil, chief public relation officer.

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