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Gujarat police sniff alcohol in air, will spike your New Year party

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 - 11:37am IST Updated: Tuesday, 1 January 2013 - 11:40am IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Teams armed with breath analysers, stationed at different places in the city to nab drunk revellers on New Year’s Eve.

If you are preparing for yearend celebrations, here’s a word of caution. The Gujarat police will be on the lookout for drunk party-goers, particularly on Sunday and Monday, and may stop and question people about where they are headed and may even ask for identity proofs.

Police have been saying that no genuine party-goers will be harassed and that the questioning and frisking was intended to prevent use of alcoholic drinks and unseemly behaviour by anti-social elements. However, the police do not have any strategy to ensure that genuine party-goers are not harassed.

Police have already issued guidelines and held meetings with restaurant owners, hotel owners and party organizers to check booze parties. They have also instructed organisers to allow only couples and not single persons at any event.

Cops’ guidelines

Booze, hookas and drugs are strictly banned.
Party organisers to keep a record of all artists and invitees to a party for one month.
All parties should be video-graphed and a copy of the video-graph submitted to the concerned police station on January 1, 2012.
A single person should not be allowed into a party; only couples should be allowed.
No obscene gestures or activities should be permitted at any party.
No music at a closed party venue after midnight or after 10 pm at an open venue.

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