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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 12:

As part of preparedness to avoid untoward incidents during Holi celebrations, Commissionerate police will deploy 15 platoons of police forces across Odisha capital.

“15 platoons of police forces will be deployed in several sensitive locations of Bhubaneswar on the festival of colours. Around 20 patrolling team will be engaged across the city. Fine will be collected from the person if found to have consumed alcohol”, said DCP Satyabrat Bhoi.

In view of clashes reported last year from several places in the city during Holi, Commissionerate police have put restriction on the commercial Holi celebrations. Action will be taken if any such event is reported from anywhere in the capital city, he said.

Decision has been taken to keep all the liquor shops closed throughout the day on Holi. For safety of youths, two temporary police control rooms will be opened near Kuakhai and Daya Rivers where drowning cases are reported after Holi celebration during bath. Police patrolling will also be conducted near the river bank to check drowning incidents, Bhoi informed.

In order to execute the Supreme Court directive, Commissionerate police have warned the traders to stay away from the sale of chemical colours.

Action will be taken against the traders in violation of the rule, said a directive issued by both Commissionerate police and State Pollution Control Board.

Meanwhile, a joint team of Commissionerate police and pollution control board had launched raids yesterday on shops in several locations in the city and seized huge quantity of chemical colours.

Several cultural programmes used to be held during the festival. However, permission will be required from police to organise cultural programmes on the auspicious day of Holi.