Case will be booked against hotel owners if drugs are used during New Year parties

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Thiruvananthapuram: Police have given stringent directions to hoteliers of the state, especially those operating in Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram city regions, in connection with New Year celebrations. This has been intimated in the form of a notice.

A special conference was held the other day to discuss security measures for the celebrations. Police, excise, hotel owners, central agency representatives took part in it. The notices were issued after that.

Though there is no restriction in conducting DJ parties, they should not extend to late night hours. Hotels should ensure that any type of drugs are not used in these celebrations and hoteliers will be booked for violations if any. The officials will conduct surprise raids to ensure that the celebrations are not going out-of-hand.

Apart from that, foreign citizens will be under the scanner, said an official. Reports on recent intelligence inputs has said international drug cartel is involved in drug sales in the state. Apparently, foreign citizens are scrutinised over these reports.

Kerala Police chief Anil Kant on Thursday asked all the district police chiefs to ensure law and order.

Kant has asked the district chiefs to ensure that adequate police force is deployed at all important places where people are likely to assemble.

The police will ensure that all incoming vehicles to the state during the New Year time will be double checked.

Kerala is getting ready to usher in the New Year in a big way, after a two year-break following Covid restrictions. A menace during such occasions is the arrival of illicit liquor from neighbouring states. Similarly, the state has been witnessing rampant cases related to substance abuse. The developments are in the limelight due to all these factors.

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