All residents of Amdavad are entitled to letting their hair down during the upcoming party season, believes city commissioner of police (CP) Shivanand Jha. However, he was quick to add that the New Year festivities should not entail any disturbance to the law & order situation.
The top cop said that strict vigilance would be maintained to ensure no consumption of liquor or contraband substances goes unnoticed or unpunished. Other than that, he has no issues with revellers bringing in Christmas and the New Year, the way they want to.
“People should enjoy, but not at the cost of breaking the law. We will keep an eye on the various illegal substances that are consumed — namely alcohol and drugs — at parties. Another issue with parties is that of noise from the sound systems. This needs to be kept under the permissible decibel (dB) limit followed by the time limit. As long as these rules are not flouted, we will ensure that citizens are allowed to enjoy their parties to the fullest,” Jha told dna.
City police along with the Ahmedabad district police — in whose jurisdiction many party venues are located — are currently formulating their respective strategies to maintain law & order, even as Amdavadis chalk out their party season plans.
The party season that begins in the middle of December, used to reach a feverish pitch by the December 31 in Ahmedabad. However, in recent years, strict crackdown and raids at many parties led to a more somber mood. Many even chose to leave the city during this period to simply go to better party destinations.
On December 31, 2012, the city police had nabbed as many as 70 people consuming alcohol or moving around the city in a drunken state. Those nabbed included college students, businessmen, well-known jewellers and homemakers. Raids in areas including Satellite, Sola Naranpura, Chandkheda, Gujarat Univeristy, Navrangpura, Anandnagar, Maninagar and Sarkhej were also conducted.
Major raids that night included one by Sarkhej police at Rosewood Resort on SG Highway, and at a house in Gota. Vastrapur police also raided a specially allotted room inside Treat Hotel near Rajpath Club on SG Highway.