With the New Year just few days away the Mumbai police will remain vigilant for maintaining law and order in the city. Cops will wear plain clothes and will monitor several areas of the metropolis to keep an eye on anti-social elements. The police have alerted their informer’s network and asked them to keep a vigil in their respective areas and report about any untoward incidents.
Pratap Dighavkar, Deputy Commissioner of Traffic Police said, “We had begun a drive to crackdown the drink and driving case and it will continue till 1st January. We have already recorded nearly 15,000 drink-driving cases this year till mid-December.”
Our personnel will keep a vigil on Eastern and Western Express Highways, the Eastern Freeway, Bandra, Juhu, Versova, Borivali, Gorai, Churchgate, Colaba and Marine Drive.
Krishna Prakash, Additional Commissioner of Police (South region), said, “On the eve of new year many youth consume alcohol and they try to molest women and indulge in eve-teasing activities. We want to ensure that women remain safe on the occasion of New Year.”
“Many people arrive in the city and terrorist threat is eminent on the occasion of new year. Hence we have to remain extra vigilant.”, Krishna further added.
A DCP rank level police officer on the condition of anonymity said, “Since the New Year is approaching we have instructed our team to keep an eye on the bars, restaurant and other areas frequented by youth. We are conducting raids on bars and restaurants after receiving a tip-off from our sources. We will also take steps to curb prostitution activities which increase on the eve of new year.”
2,500 traffic cops have been deployed in the city to keep a tab on drive and drinking cases.
Here are the statistics of drink and driving cases which have been reported since last four years.
2013 (till mid-Dec): 14,436
The police have already raided two places in the city and taken action against persons indulging in prostitution activities. Acting on a tip off about Christmas party, a raid was conducted at Lakshadeep bar and restaurant on Gajdarbhandh road in Santacruz at around 11.40 pm on Tuesday by Social Service Branch of city police.
As many as 45 persons, including eight bar girls, were arrested and three girls rescued during separate raids on bars for alleged involvement in obscene activities. Forty-three people, including the bar owner, staff, 21 customers and eight bar girls were arrested from there.
Assistant Commissioner of Police from Santacruz division said, “The bar girls and customers were found to be allegedly involved in obscene acts when the raid was conducted. All the accused were arrested under IPC Sections 294 (indulging in obscene acts and songs) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).”
In another case, police carried out raid in one-storey premises at Ganesh Nagar in Chembur last evening and arrested two persons for allegedly pushing girls into prostitution. The two were arrested under relevant sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.