It’s December-end! It’s party-time ahead! As the revelry begins, so does the game of ‘hide and seek’ between the police and the bootleggers. Ahmedabad Rural will face the wrath of the police, who have geared up to act against even a single booze party to be held on the outskirts of the city. The chances of major year-end get-togethers in the western part of the city, too, are negligible, due to police bandobast. The cops, however, ensure that alcohol-less events proceed smoothly and participants are not harassed.
Police sources believe that nine out of ten such events are held on the city’s outskirts. Areas like Shilaj, Bopal, Sanand, Viramgaam, Dholka and even Aslali are thronged by the party-goers. The city has witnessed cases of rash-driving, accidents and confiscation of large consignments of liquor in these areas during the last week of December.
Talking to DNA, a senior IPS officer posted in the city said that strict vigil was being maintained and there would be zero tolerance to booze parties. This implies that revellers may prefer the rural areas. But the police in Ahmedabad Rural would be equally vigilant. The deputy superintendent of police, Ahmedabad Rural, Nirlipt Roy, told DNA that there would be patrolling in the area. “Senior police officers will themselves keep a watch in the rural parts, especially in the areas where farmhouses are located,” he added.
Police sources clarified that if a celebration was alcohol-free, attendees would not be unnecessarily harassed. “We will ensure that there is minimum problem to the people in the area due to the bandobast,” they said.
However, despite strict vigilance within the city and on the outskirts, the bootleggers are in no mood to yield to the police. Many of them remained inactive during the poll period but have geared up for the party season. The outskirts of Ahmedabad are preferred by the bootleggers to stock Indian Made Foreign Liquor.
Talking to DNA, a bootlegger, on the condition of anonymity, claimed that any bandobast could not manage the large area on the outskirts of the city. “We already have many orders and are all set to deliver liquor to different parties,” he said.