As two big festive occasions, Christmas and New Year, are on the doorstep, the city police are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the festivals pass by hassle-free. In a combing operation held in the city limits during the wee hours of Saturday, 114 persons against whom warrants were pending were arrested and 120 suo motu cases were registered against drunken drivers.
According to the city police, the combing operation was just the beginning and further action would follow. “We have decided to intensify the surveillance and security so that anti-social elements and criminals are kept in check. The raids and combing operations will continue till the new year celebrations are over,” said City Police Commissioner T J Jose.
He further said that since it is festival season, the criminals against whom warrants are lying pending will appear in the open. This will help the police to take them into custody. “We are on the lookout for fugitives and criminals who are waiting to commit crimes. Action will be initiated against the tipplers who drive. We want to ensure that nothing untoward happens here,” he said.
On Christmas and New Year eves, the police will remain alert at Kovalam and Shangumugham, where most of the tourists flock to. Surveillance has already been increased in tourists destinations. The special branch as well as shadow wing of the police will also keep a tab on things. The police will also resort to using cameras for recording the happenings at tourist spots.