Ahmedabad: It will be a working New Year for more than 100 personnel of the Ahmedabad Rural Police, which has set up a high-vigilance system including checkposts, roving squads, and patrols, to ensure that law and order does not fall prey to the festivities.

“We have created nine 24-hour check posts in areas such as Bopal, Aslali, Sanand, Kanbha and Vivekanand Nagar to ensure no illegal consignments enter the city. Moreover, six patrol squads will be keeping a close check on passersby to ensure the safety of people, and apprehend Eve teasers, on December 31. The crime branch, special operation groups and squads will also be active to avoid any untoward incidents,” said Superintendent of Police, Ahmedabad (Rural), Rajendra Asari.

In addition, each check post will also have a dedicated breathalyser. 

Special attention is being paid to popular party venues such as farmhouses, bungalows, resorts and weekend homes, on the outskirts of the city.

Manoharsingh Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ahmedabad Rural, told Meranews, “We have been carrying out an information drive at farmhouses for the past one week. We have already informed the management of various farmhouses to take precautionary measures.” Private security personnel at such venues have been asked to keep the main gates open for the squad vans visiting during the night. 

While those hosting small indoor parties with friends and family need not seek police permission, anyone hosting an outdoor or public event must requisite the permissions. 

“We don’t want others in the neighbourhood to be bothered,” Jadeja said, adding that loud music will not be allowed after midnight. 

Party organizers seem to welcome the move. Alpesh Parikh, managing director at Gulmohar Green Golf and Country Club, said, “The police have been keeping us informed of their new initiative. This will negate the need for bouncers at our parties. Plus, the check posts will make roads safer for families driving home after a party.” 

In case of emergencies that might occur despite the various precautions in place, the Rural police have also announced helpline numbers: 100 and 079 26891168, the control room number of Ahmedabad rural. 

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