The rural police have launched a full-fledged drive to round up miscreants, known trouble makers and anti-social elements ahead of the 10-day Ganesh festival to ensure peaceful celebrations in the district. Ishu Sindhu, Aurangabad (rural) superintendent of police, ordered the massive drive a day after he returned from Mumbai after attending the half-yearly meeting of all the unit commanders of the state conducted by director general of police (DGP), Sanjeev Dayal. Highly placed police officials said that during the meeting, Dayal gave special instructions to all the unit commanders across the state to take all the preventive measures to keep a check on any possible law and order situation during the festive season starting with Ganeshotsav and strictly deal with the nuisance mongers, especially on those posing a threat to communal harmony. Speaking to TOI, Sindhu said, "We have started rounding up all the miscreants who are on police records, especially the habitual offenders who have been earlier booked for street crimes, property offences and body offences. A close vigil is also being kept on those who are at large and infamous for posing a threat to communal harmony." Following the instructions, all the 21 police stations, sleuths from the local crime branch and the anti-dacoity squad have formed special teams and are busy rounding up the miscreants within their jurisdictions. In the last two days alone, close to 50 miscreants have been rounded up by the rural police and the drive would last till the immersion of Ganesh idols on September 19, said local crime branch officials. Police said the records of all the criminals involved in serious offences are being checked to know their whereabouts and the activities they are involved in at present.