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New Year celebrations: Revellers turn up in huge numbers amidst tight security

Safety islands and help desks had been set up for women in various parts of the city.

Safety islands and help desks had been set up for women in various parts of the city.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

Police had set up separate lanes on Brigade Road to ensure safety of women and children

Revellers turned up in large numbers in the Central Business District and other leisure hotspots in the city to welcome the New Year and the new decade. Many areas, especially in and around M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street, were choc-a-block.

The atmosphere was charged as people chanted ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Welcome 2020’. Some broke into song and dance as midnight approached. Many posed for selfies while other burst crackers to welcome the new year.

The police had left nothing to chance as tight vigil was in place in several parts of the city even before the revellry began.

The huge gathering led to traffic snarls in the CBD, including Cubbon Road, St. Mark’s Road and Museum Road. The police were seen towing hundreds of two-wheelers in and around M.G. Road and St. Mark’s Road.

Stray incidents

According to the police, a woman was reportedly groped by unruly revellers while she went to witness New year's Eve in Koramangala on Tuesday night.

The woman was found crying and swearing at the crowd.

Isha pant, DCP South East division, rushed to the spot to inquire. She said the victim asked the police to take action against the accused immediately. Ms. Pant assured the victim that the police will track them down and take action.

In another incident, patrolling police found a youth bleeding from the mouth and a cut injury on his nose on Residency road on Tuesday night.

The police took the victim to Bowring hospital and are waiting for his recovery to question him about the incident.

Home minister Basavaraj Bommai said a few incidents of "unruly revellers misbehaving" during celebrations at MG road Brigade Road had been reported.

"The police have been asked to take strict action based on CCTV footage available," he said.

Security measures

Besides heavy police deployment, CCTV cameras and drones were deployed, especially on M.G. Road and Brigade Road, to keep a close watch on revellers and to prevent untoward incidents. The police had set up separate lanes on Brigade Road to ensure safety of women and children, and deployed women police personnel.

Donna Roy, who was in the CBD with friends, was happy with the lane for women. “It was safe. We enjoyed walking around welcoming the new year,” she said.

A police official said that the crowd was always in control and moving.

To manage the swelling crowd, hundreds of police personnels were seen continuously directing revellers to keep moving. The police kept a close eye on inebriated revellers and ensured they were kept off the road. Consuming liquor in public was not allowed.

In addition to heavy deployment of women personnel at strategic locations to keep an eye on mischief mongers and trouble makers, LED screen displays were used for flashing messages and information to the people.

Safety islands and help desks were set up for women in various parts of the city, including in Indiranagar, Ulsoor, Kammanahalli, Shivajinagar and Banaswadi.

Sharanappa S.D., Deputy Commissioner of Police, East division, said, “Considering the previous years’ experience, we had shortlisted 18 spots, where a dense crowd was expected for the new year bash, for setting up safety islands.”

Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao had written to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company to ensure uninterrupted power supply. Over 500 special focus lights, apart from street lights, had been installed.

Metro trains towards the CBD were crowded with thousands of people getting down at M.G. Road station and moving towards Brigade Road. There was a long queue to buy tickets at the station.

Collect trash and win prize

To ensure that the Central Business District (CBD) area is clean after the new year celebrations, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in association with The Ugly Indian, has organised a ‘Trashure Hunt’ in and around the ‘Party Zone’ of M.G. Road, Brigade Road and Church Street on Wednesday.

During the ‘Trashure Hunt’, the ones who collect maximum trash will be rewarded by the BBMP. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. at M.G. Road metro station and will go on till 11 a.m.

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