While police authorities in several cities all over the country are restricting time schedule for New Year parties, tonight, the police in Bengaluru seems to be some what liberal and are ready to allow such parties till 2 am. The authorities have given an hour’s extension to both bars and pubs after the restaurant and hotel associations’ representatives approached the authorities.
Bengaluru City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said the decision was made after various forums represented by multiple restaurant and hotel associations approached them for an extended deadline.
However, bars have been asked to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid any untoward incident and also to facilitate smooth law and order due to such parties. A no objection certificate will be issued by the Excise Department to the establishments who have applied for the extended deadline. However, it must be noted that any violation of the extension will be noted and defaulters will be fined by the police.
The extension, however, does not apply to alcohol retail stores. The police have also issued warning against consuming liquor in public. Meanwhile, last week, the Bajrang Dal had issued a warning to the party-goers and asked them to ‘maintain discipline’. They had also warned the women to stay away from such events.
The police are also taking measures to avoid a repeat of 2016 mass molestation incident on Brigade Road, which brought shame to the city. On December 31, 2016, police in Bengaluru were criticized for being a mute spectator at the Brigade Road junction, where an alleged mass molestation took place. Videos and photographs of the incidents were played in the following days not only in the local media but also outside Karnataka.
From 4 PM to 8 AM, entry to Nandi Hills will be barred for visitors on January 1. Large LED screens, CCTV camera, drone operated cameras have been pressed into action to keep a check. Heavy deployment of about 12,000 police personnel, including 250 women, will be on the move to maintain law and order. Measures are also being taken to ensure the safety of women.