THE POLICE Control Room of Chandigarh Police was flooded with calls on the night of December 31 as the celebrations to welcome New Year were on. The control room received a total of 1,456 calls. Most of the calls were about brawls and noise pollution from different parts of the city.
Apart from this, more than 200 challans were issued by the traffic police on December 31, the majority of which were for drunken driving. The police also impounded 104 vehicles.
According to the traffic police officials, a total of 1,456 calls were made from 8 pm to 8 am. Acting on these calls, PCR teams were sent to 283 spots. Out of the 283 spots, 87 were visited for calls of brawls at different places in the city, 43 for noise pollution, 37 for creating nuisance at public places, 48 for accidents and 68 for miscellaneous purpose. Last year, the control room had received 1,273 calls during the New Year celebrations.
To nail down the drunk drivers, the traffic police set up 50 nakas at various places in the city. Drunken driving nakas were set up at 10 points. During the nakas, a total of 232 challans were issued — 103 for drunken driving and 129 for miscellaneous offences. As many as 104 vehicles were impounded by the police. Ten Executive Magistrates were also present at different nakas with the cops.
9,82,521 calls last year
In 2015, the police control room received a total of 9,82,521 calls. Out of these, PCR acted on 90,450 calls. Police officials say that on normal days, they receive 150 to 200 calls.
20 challans issued for drunken driving in Panchkula
AS MANY as 19 PCR vehicles and 24 riders of the Panchkula police were on patrolling duty on December 31 to avoid any untoward incident.
While no major road accident or ruckus was reported from across the town, the Panchkula police said that the New Year celebrations were peaceful, as compared to last year. The police had strengthened security outside all the popular places, where New Year events and functions were underway.
As many as 20 nakas were put up across the town. “A total of 32 challans were issued last night, which included 20 challans for drunken driving and 11 for over-speeding, wrong sides and other traffic violations,” said Inspector (Traffic Police) Suresh Kumar.
“We had formed several teams and deputed them at places where events were underway. No untoward incident was reported. It was peaceful,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Dhawan.
Mohali police receives 2,000 calls
AS MANY as 2,000 calls were received by the district police on December 31 during the New Year celebrations. No major incident was reported and the celebrations were peaceful, said the police which issued 12 challans for drunken driving in the district.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, adequate arrangements were made to prevent any untoward incident in the district and special nakas were set up at all the sensitive points. According to the SSP, a total of 156 challans were issued on December 31. Out of which, 12 were issued for drunken driving.
He said that more than 500 police personnel were deputed in the district and special patrolling teams also kept a vigil at all the locations. No major incident was reported from the city and the celebrations passed off peacefully.