The Siliguri Metropolitan Police (SMP) has launched a special drive to ensure peaceful Holi celebrations in the town on 1 and 2 March. Siliguri police commissioner Sunil Kumar Choudhary said necessary police arrangements had been made for the same.
Mr Choudhary said police would take strict action if attempts are made to smear unwilling people with colour. “We have launched a special drive, which will continue till Holi ends.
Police have made some preventive arrests. Plainclothes policemen and women police personnel will be deployed to keep an eye on those who indulge in eveteasing and create unrest.
We are taking all the scenery steps so that people celebrate the festival of colour peacefully,” Mr Choudhary said.
He said extra police personnel will be deployed on the roads, while the police would also take steps against rash and drunken driving, which is common during festivals like Holi.
Police are also conducting raids at illicit liquor dens, it is learnt. Senior police officers said policemen would be deployed at strategic and sensitive locations on those two days and that patrolling will be intensified.
“Police will keep a close eye on rash and drunken motorcycle and four-wheeler driving. Bbreath analysers would be pressed into service,” sources said.