The hangouts were brightly lit to add colour to the celebrations while in many areas a burst of crackers greeted the New Year.

Police had stopped vehicular movement in these roads since 8.00 p.m. to facilitate free movement of the crowd gathering in the area.

Hundreds of policemen kept a watch on the revellers to ensure that the celebrations went off peacefully and very few women, many with their families, who also joined in the revelry were not harassed.

New Year eve celebrations were also held in many places across Karnataka including Mangalore, which has a large Christian population, in the west coast, Mysore in the south and the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad in the north.


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