The Mumbai police, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, penalised over 300 people for various misdemeanours during New Year celebrations, and detained more than 1,000 history-sheeters in order to ensure peaceful celebrations.
The police said revellers out on the streets this year were lower in number than last year, which also contributed towards the New Year celebrations going off peacefully.
According to Mumbai police sources, the police took penal action against 310 people while enforcing bandobast in the city for New Year.
“Of these, 131 were penalised for rowdy behaviour in public, while others included those nabbed by our anti-eve-teasing squads. From Wednesday afternoon, we also started picking up offenders of record who have a history of crimes like sexual assault and other serious crimes. A total of 1,120 people were taken into preventive custody and detained till Thursday morning,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.
Officers enforcing bandobast also observed that the density of the crowds on the streets was around 30 to 40 per cent less this year as compared to New Year’s eve and New Year’s morning last year, and that the popular celebration spots like the Girgaum and Worli seafaces and Gateway of India emptied out by 1 am on Thursday.
“A large number of people preferred to have house parties or to organised celebrations within the compounds of their residential societies, which kept them off the streets. A lot of people also headed out of the city for the New Year, and a majority of the people we saw on the streets had come from other cities to celebrate the New Year in Mumbai,” said Kulkarni.
Meanwhile, the traffic police have booked 523 drivers for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. The traffic police had deployed 4,000 officers in the city, who enforced nakabandis at 90 spots across the city from 10 pm on Wednesday to 6 am on Thursday. Last year, 570 people were caught for drunk driving.
Apart from drunk drivers, the traffic police also cracked down on other traffic offences, arresting 62 people for rash driving, four bikers for speeding, 1,055 people for riding bikes without helmets and 570 for other traffic rules violation, including driving without fastening their seat belts and jumping signals.