LAHORE: Police have chalked out a comprehensive security plan to deal with those involved in hooliganism, aerial firing, fireworks and one-wheeling on New Year night.
As many as 10,000 police personnel would be deployed on the night of New Year. DIG Operations Waqas Nazir said people involved in hooliganism, aerial firing, fireworks and one-wheeling on the New Year night would be dealt with iron hands. He also directed all the divisional SPs to keep their eyes on anti-social activities. On the security issue, search operations and the city’s internal and external routes would be checked strictly.
Surety bonds have been taken from recorded one-wheelers of the previous year. Additional troops of Dolphin Squads and Police Response Unit will ensure continuous patrolling. He also appealed to the citizens to inform the police if they see any suspicious activities in their surroundings.
“People celebrating New Year should not cross their limits and do not create problems in peace and security,” he said.
Meanwhile, under the directives of CCPO BA Nasir, City Traffic Police Lahore (CTPL) has also devised a comprehensive security plan for the New Year night in the city to maintain the flow of traffic.
The department would ensure strict action on speeding, motorcycles stunts, riding motorcycle, car, rickshaw in a dangerous way, creating obstacles in traffic flow, blockage of roads and illegal activities on the eve of New Year.
To prevent the one-wheeling and speeding, 12 DPs, 70 inspectors and more than 1,200 wardens would be deployed under the supervision of SP Traffic Division Sardar Mohammad Asif Khan and SP Traffic City Division Asif Siddique Khan. In addition, all the licensing staff, ticketing staff and wardens appointed on office work would also remain on the streets for the convenience of citizens.
The CTPL said special arrangements would be made on Mall Road, Jail Road, Canal Road, Ferozpur Road, Allama Iqbal Road, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, Barki Road and Main Boulevard Road.
A contingent of 70 heavy motorcycles would be deployed on these highways and one-wheeling would be stopped by setting up boundaries on Mall Road. No motorcycle would be allowed to ply on Mall Road and would be diverted to the service lanes so that their speed could be minimised. Speed controller boundaries would be placed on main highways.
During 2018, the CTPL registered 414 cases against riding a motorcycle in a dangerous way, speeding, motorcycle stunts and reckless driving in different police stations of the city.
Chief Traffic Officer Captain (retd) Liaquat Ali Malik said one-wheeling and motorcycle stunts have so far taken many lives. “It is the major responsibility of the parents to keep an eye on their children. Scores of young people have lost their lives or become disabled in traffic accidents. Parents and head of the family should pay their role regarding young drivers,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2018.
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