1,600 cops in CP, heavy security on New Year’s Eve

There was heavy security in the capital on New Year's Eve. Several points in the city were barricaded and armed policemen were seen manning the barricades, checking each and every vehicle passing on the road.

Earlier in the day, the Police Commissioner had asked senior officers to patrol their respective districts and ranges.

All personnel at the police stations were ordered to report for duty and conduct stringent checks in their areas.

At least 1,600 police personnel were posted in Connaught Place on Tuesday evening.

There were a total of 51 police pickets in and around the Connaught Place area.

Police sources said there were around 15 check posts in the New Delhi district, with most in front of hotels and bars. Heavy security was also deployed at India Gate and in some parts of South Delhi.

Police sources said senior officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioners of Police and Joint Commissioners of Police were ordered to patrol various roads till 2.30 am.

Entry to Connaught Place had been banned for all after 10 pm, except those who have their offices and hotel bookings. Door-frame metal detectors were also installed at the entrances to Connaught Place.

The traffic police were also posted in full strength, conducting stringent checks for drink driving. The traffic police chief, Special Commissioner Taj Hasan, said a meeting had been held with bar owners urging them to raise awareness about drink driving.

Hasan said traffic police would be coordinating with local police in various areas to stop drink driving.

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra said, "We appeal to the people to celebrate the New Year peacefully. We have provided enough security on the streets of the city tonight. Safety of women is our prime concern. Our officials will be on the roads to help anyone in need. I request people to immediately call the police control room, if they spot any suspicious activity."

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