Mumbai police had the best response to a man who asked whether he can stay at 'her' place overnight. In the wake of newly mutated COVID-19 strain, the Maharashtra government had imposed night curfew from 11 pm to 6 am. Meanwhile, on Thursday a man on Twitter asked Mumbai police what if he reaches "her place" by 11 pm and stay there "overnight".
The police were quick and replied to him - "We hope you have taken her consent else we have an alternate accommodation for the night in mind for you! #ConsentMatters #SafetyFirstOn31st"
Meanwhile, around 35,000 police personnel will be deployed on the streets of Mumbai to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incidents on New Year's Eve, the official said.
The Maharashtra government has put in place a night curfew between 11 pm and 6 am, prohibiting gathering of five or more persons in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Gatherings of more than five persons are not allowed at public places. Party will not be allowed at any hotel, bar, pubs, restaurants after 11 pm," he said.
Besides, no boat party or terrace party will be allowed in the city after the prescribed time, Chaitanya said, adding that strong action will be taken against the violators of prohibitory order issued under section 144 of the CrPC.
"Apart from the police, personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and home guards will also be engaged in maintaining law and order in the city," he said, adding that special branches like the crime branch and Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) will also on the job.
"Drones will be used to a keep vigil and CCTV cameras have been installed at various points," he said.
Large gatherings will not be allowed anywhere in Mumbai in view of COVID-19 and use of face masks and social distancing norm will remain mandatory, he said.
"Traffic police personnel will also on the road and will take action against the people if they are found indulging in a rash and drunken driving. Breath analysers will not be used this year due to the pandemic, but blood tests of such drivers will be conducted and action will be taken against them if found guilty," Chaitanya said.
Meanwhile, the city police appealed to Mumbaikars to celebrate the New Year at home in view of COVID-19.
"A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Ghar Pe Raho! Sing along the safety song," the Mumbai Police said on the Twitter handle.
(With inputs from PTI)