Alarmed by the growing rowdy behaviour of revellers and tourists on the Kalka-Shimla national highway and other state highways, Solan superintendent of police (SP) Ramesh Chhajta on Thursday said the police would deal strictly with such elements to maintain the law and order on roads and public places.
He was addressing mediapersons after launching the “Loktantra Setu — Janiye Apna Shashan and Prashashan” programme launched by members of the Solan District Journalists’ Association.
Chhajta said the police had reports that youths from neighbouring states and Chandigarh indulge in hooliganism on the highway after closing of discotheques late at night. Therefore, to keep a check on such revellers, special teams had been constituted to intensify highway patrolling. Besides, CCTV cameras had been installed in various parts of Solan town and Parwanoo, and more cameras would be installed shortly at other places, the SP added.
Chhajta said he had also issued instructions to Parwanoo, Kasauli, Dharampur and Kandaghat station house officers (SHOs) to take strong action against tourists found consuming liquor in public places, including the state and national highways.
Notably, some youths from Chandigarh had recently misbehaved with the Parwanoo police cops and obstructed discharge of duty after they were asked not indulge in hooliganism on the highway. Instead of obeying the orders, the youths had manhandled the cops and blocked the highway by sitting across the road under the influence of liquor.
Lauding the role of media in establishing a strong link between the government and common masses, he said journalists should act as “mirror of society” by highlighting grievances of the people.
He said since media had emerged a powerful player in the past couple of years in the country, the responsibility of journalists had also increased manifold. Exposing the misdeeds, corrupt practices and crimes had become a major challenge before the journalistic fraternity in view of different odds and pressure from various quarters, the SP added.