A cop in every pub will keep an eye on New Year revellers

This New Year's Eve, for the first time, the New Delhi district will have at least one policeman present at each pub and restaurant in the area. Police said the decision was taken to ensure that the law and order situation remains under control.

Police said there are at least 50 restaurants and pubs in Central Delhi. "This is a VIP area and being a sensitive locality, we have to ensure that the law and order situation does not get out of control. On New Year's Eve, we will deploy at least one personnel each at restaurants and pubs in the area to ensure that revelries do not go out of hand," a senior police officer said.

Police said the music and serving of liquor must stop at 12.30 am and the restaurants and pubs must shut by 12.55 am.

"The timing will be enforced in all pubs and restaurants across the capital. However, police personnel will be deployed only in pubs and restaurants in New Delhi district, as it is a high security zone," officer said.

The Delhi Police headquarters has issued new orders on night patrolling as well. All personnel — from constables to deputy police commissioners— will have to do night patrol duty between 8 pm and 1 am every day.

The decision was taken keeping in mind the December 16 gangrape which took place last year. Bassi had set out on a night patrol for the first time after he assumed the office of Delhi Police Commissioner on the intervening night of December 16.

A reserve force of nearly 15,000 personnel, in addition to the existing patrol force, will man the capital's streets the coming week.

"Police presence in an area will have a positive effect. It will bring the crime rate down and with senior officers out on patrol, the constabulary would be vigilant. As of now, the increased vigil will be in place till the first week of January," a senior police officer said.

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