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Vigil stepped up for Holi, ban on liquor

Jamshedpur, March 22: Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the steel city to prevent any untoward incident during the festival of colors “Holi.” The administration has deployed 2,000 police personnel, including 800 in urban and 1,200 in rural areas.

All the police stations of the East Singhbhum have been asked to take up measures to prevent hooligans from creating law and order problem on the festival day. Cops have been directed to keep an eye on people who roam in the streets after consuming liquor and create nuisance.

“Small time criminals cross the limits on the pretext of Holi celebrations and many a time this creates problem to the police. Keeping in mind about the possible scenario we have asked the officer in-charge’s of the police stations to carry out arms checking exercise and pace up patrolling for the next couple of days,” said, Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar.

Magistrates, police officers, including constables, have been deployed in large numbers to maintain peace and harmony in sensitive areas like Jugsalai, Mango, Sakchi and Dhatkidih, he said.

The police officials said that strict security would be in place for the festival of colors and those indulging in mischief in the garb of revelry would be taken to task.

Meanwhile the city police department is working hard in keeping a stringent vigilance on eve-teasers during Holi, as incidents of eve-teasing and passing lewd comments on girls and women are reported the most during this season.

Cops in plainclothes have been deployed for a watchful eye on crowds especially youths, who indulge in eve-teasing.

“We are also carrying search operations at different hotels and lodges to nab suspected people. Moreover extra vigil is also being kept at the border areas of the district,” said SSP Anoop Mathew. He said that the police control room is coordinating with different police stations to ensure peace and harmony.

The district administration has banned the sale of liquor during the Holi festival to ensure peaceful celebrations. When contacted an official said: “We have ordered liquor shops and bars to remain close on March 24.

Moreover transportation of liquor too has been banned during this period. The administration has made elaborate arrangements to ensure peace during Holi”.

He went on to add that sale and drinking alcohol in public places have been banned during Holi.

The move aims to stop people from driving while consuming alcohol, consumption of liquor in public, buying and even transporting liquor from one place.

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