Why safety aspects remain less important during festivities?Safety and security of the citizens are among the priorities of the police force. Citizens also have a great role to play by following the guidelines in place. People tend to break rules everywhere and pay fines for that. A close watch by the law enforcement agencies is a must to implement the rules of safety. During festivals, it is seen in West Bengal that people do not care much about following safety rules and the police personnel also look in the other way.
People think it's natural to avoid those rules during festivities and police personnel remain busy by managing the crowds and ensuring the security of the nearby places. Many people do not wear helmets while riding two wheelers and there is rash driving on empty streets. The same police personnel, who become over active just before the Pujas to penalize bike riders without helmet, look the other way during Pujas and never apprehend those riders. It seems the safety aspects take a back seat during occasions where a large crowd throngs the streets.