New Year celebrations: Top cop makes it a couples-only affair
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The Ahmedabad police have directed hotels, farmhouses and owners of other places which will host parties on the eve of New Year to block entry of revellers coming in groups. Only couples will be allowed to enter these venues, according to a notification issued by Police Commissioner S K Saikia.
The commissioner has specified in the notification that considering the present situation of safety of women, the police have been asked to keep an eye on youths at and around party venues. Action would be taken against those found creating nuisance during the celebrations.
Party organisers have also been asked to record the events and install CCTV cameras at their respective venues and keep records of the visitors. The recordings will be submitted to the area police stations, which will prepare records of the parties, visitors and performers.
According to the notification, no substance that causes inebriety, including hookah, would be allowed at the parties. Police teams are expected to conduct raids at places found hosting parties without permission. While celebrations at hotels and farmhouses can continue till midnight, organisers at open plots will not be allowed to hold the party after 10 pm.
Those flouting the rules would be arrested under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.