Holi revellers, watch out. Guwahati Police will be out on the streets, and if you’re caught drunk, they won’t hesitate to throw you behind bars.
The Guwahati Police have made elaborate arrangements for Holi — to be celebrated on March 20th & 21st, 2019 — to curb drink driving, stunt biking and incidents of hooliganism in the city.
Speaking to TIME8, Guwahati Police Commissioner, Deepak Kumar said, “Stringent action will be taken against those caught drunk driving during the Holi season. Police personnel will be stationed at strategic locations and intersections to check drink driving and other traffic violations.”
It may be mentioned that the Assam Police had prohibited rain dance in 2018 during Holi. “This year, we have not issued any official order until now. We will proceed as and when the Holi party organizers approach us seeking permission for organising any rain dance event,” he added.
The top cop also informed that wheel-borne revellers hitting the speed lane, bikers performing stunts will also have to face the music.
Tips for a safe Holi
- Always buy organic and natural colours that are safe to play with
- Wear old full sleeved and full-length clothing to give your skin maximum protection from the colours
- Apply copious amounts of lotion or better still, coconut oil all over your body and hair before stepping out for the celebrations
- Prevent excessive wastage of water
- Keep yourself hydrated. Since Holi falls in a summer month, it’s essential that you drink enough water
- Don’t splash colour on unwilling people. Enjoy the festival with willing friends and family
- Don’t move around drunk in speeding vehicles
- Don’t use spurious colours or other substances, including mud and cow dung
- Avoid drinking so you don’t want to have a hangover the next day
- Don’t use metallic colours since they can be very harmful to your body
- Don’t hurl water balloons. Their impact can be damaging to eyes and skin