Jamshedpur, Feb. 11: With several organizations opposing the Valentine’s Day celebrations during the last few years, the district police are gearing up to put in place a plan of action to ensure that the Valentine’s Day (February 14) passes off peacefully.
According to information, the city based moral police brigade will not have an easy run on Valentine’s Day as the men is khaki is all but ready to prevent any incident of violence in view of ‘opposition to Valentine’s Day’. The city police are gearing up to take on the outfits attached to saffron brigade or otherwise, if they try to disturb the peace and take law into their hands on the V-day.
The city, in the recent past has been witness to wild run by the activists of various saffron outfits namely, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and ABVP, among others on the V-Day in different places of hang outs particularly, Jubilee Park, Dorabji Park, Nicco Park, Hudco Dam and not to be mentioned, Dalma Lake.
The police force will be deployed at all major parks, amusement parks, theatres, bus stands, pubs and restaurants. A large number of policemen in plainclothes have been assigned to all roads in the city. Night patrolling has been enhanced and police forces deployed at all sensitive locations, said the officer.
“Taking lessons from the past we have decided to deployment of adequate police personnel at city roads on the Valentine’s day. Everybody has the right to freedom of expression and whoever takes the law in their hands will be taken to task,” noted a police official.
He went on to inform that there will be prominent deployment of the police around educational institutions and on parks frequented by the youth to keep a watch on eve-teasers and those violating traffic rules.
The security has been tightened in the wake of protest called by Shiv Sena and other organizations during the celebrations.
According to information the onus of ensuring safe Valentine Day rests with the local police stations as the district police have asked the concerned police personnel to keep an eye on the members of the self appointed moral police brigade in run up to the V-day.
Jubilee Park and Dorabji Park, located in the heart of the city are the two prominent hang outs for the couples of the Steel City and are vulnerable too, when it comes to the atrocities inflicted by the moral brigade.
Meanwhile, when contacted a district leader of Bajrang Dal said, “We have decided to oppose Valentine’s Day celebrations because the concept has come from the west and has nothing to do with our Indian culture.
However, we can assure the police that we are not going to take any violent steps. We just want to educate the youths.”