29 Arrested, 1200 Kg Of Firecrackers Seized By Delhi Police Ahead Of Diwali

| October 18 , 2017 , 09:56 IST

In the wake of the Supreme Court ban on the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region until November 1, the Delhi Police has arrested 29 people for violating the ban and seized at least 1200 kg of crackers from the national capital.

"No firecracker shop in the capital would be allowed to open until November 1. We have seized more than 1,200 kg of firecrackers and made 29 arrests so far from various areas of Delhi. Dozens of firecracker shops were forced to shut on Tuesday," said Delhi Police Spokesperson Madhur Verma.

"We are following the apex court guidelines against shopkeepers found selling firecrackers and taking action as per law. The police are vigilant to ensure that no one violates the court directive," Verma added.

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According to Verma, 5 firecracker sellers were arrested from the areas of Sadar Bazar and Lahori Gate, while dozens of others were arrested during surprise checks in various areas of Delhi.

"All SHOs have been directed to ensure that no one sells firecrackers," Verma said.

The crackdown on firecrackers sale extended to those manufacturers selling online as well.

Although in September 2017, the Supreme Court had allowed limited sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region, on October 9, a 3-judge bench reinstated the November 2016 order banning the sale of firecrackers entirely.

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Firecracker traders had appealed to the apex court, in view of the massive losses they would face, but their appeal was rejected and the ban maintained.

"I made a bulk purchase of firecrackers worth nearly Rs 25 lakh from a manufacturer in advance, some three months before the Supreme Court ban. The court should have imposed this ban earlier. Then we would not have invested," a shopkeeper from Sadar Bazar, said.

"I do not have any option but to store the goods and try my luck in Diwali next year if there is no ban in 2018," he added.

Firecrackers have been banned in view of the pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region, which spike around Diwali.