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There were allegations of mass molestation at the city centre on last New Year's Eve and the police is mulling over the idea of gender segregation this time.

Keeping in mind last New Year's Eve in Bengaluru when there were allegations of mass molestation at the city centre, authorities are not leaving anything to chance this year.

Even the bomb disposal squad did their recce over the weekend.

Other than elaborate security arrangements and a large deployment of personnel on ground, police are poised to deploy a gender-based barricade at Brigade Road.

In this plan, 70% of the road will be reserved for men and 30% will be kept for women. Officials reportedly arrived at these figures keeping in mind the footfalls of previous years.

"However, women can accompany men into the male area if their partners are confident about ensuring their security," a senior police officer told The Times of India.

A formal decision on the plan will be taken by Wednesday.

Recently, the Karnataka High Court had pulled up the state government regarding security arrangements at Brigade Road while hearing a petition which called for the ban of liquor on New Year's Eve.

Other than the personnel on ground, authorities will keep an eye on the streets with CCTV cameras, and LED screens will be put up for three days which will stream the images captured by the CCTV real-time. There will be two separate control rooms for the police and BBMP respectively to monitor these.

‘Bars told to shut early?’

Although the state government has not considered banning liquor, reports have suggested that police have asked the restaurants' association to close pubs, bars and other establishments an hour before the regular deadline. This is in contrast to the relaxation of deadlines in some other cities.

However, City Police Commissioner T Sunil Kumar denied such a step by the police. Even two pub managers in the Central Business District that TNM spoke to denied knowledge of such a directive.

“No such directions have been given by the police, The jurisdictional DCP might have held discussions with the traders' association, and it might have been a suggestion,” the CoP told TNM.