Around 2,700 calls were made to the police in the city during Diwali,between November 2 midnight – November 3 midnight.
Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles were dispatched for police assistance to 307 spots,which is 30 per cent more than the average according to police.
Of the 307 spots,134 calls were related to quarrels,45 calls to accidents,13 calls to noise pollution or fire crackers nuisance and 21 calls to fire caused by crackers.
The remaining 94 calls were made for various miscellaneous spots. However,police said no major incident was reported and the city remained peaceful.
A large force comprising the local police,Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB),Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the traffic police were deployed on the day of the festival,while the number of personnel in the control room were increased from five to eight.
Meanwhile,in Panchkula 93 calls were made to the police in the week preceding Diwali. According to Panchkula police,no major incidents took place except a few quarrels that were resolved instantaneously.
The police had tied up with the hospitals and the fire department besides employing mounted armed police.
Moreover,vantage points were selected in busy markets for police patrolling.
The Commissioner and other senior police officials personally visited various spots to overlook security arrangements. Before the festival,the Panchkula police also held meetings with various Market Associations and residents seeking suggestions from them regarding deployment of police forces and for maintenance of law and order during the festival.