For those defying SC order, Explosive Substance Act to be pressed: Police
After the Apex Court’s blanket ban over the sale and purchase of firecrackers in the national Capital, the Delhi Police are all geared up for effective implementation and enforcement of the same.
With the marriage season round the corner, it would be an extremely hectic task for the law enforcing agencies to make sure that the sanctity of the order is maintained.
“We will book the offenders under the Explosive Substance Act. After the ban, it is illegal to sell or purchase firecrackers not just in festivals but also in marriages in Delhi. If we receive any information about someone defying the orders, we are geared up to register an FIR against the offender,” said a senior police officer.
With the advent of the marriage season, the crackers’ business would have flourished otherwise but the sudden ban by the Supreme Court has left not just the traders
in a tizzy but also the law-enforcing agencies to take action against those defying the directive.
When Millennium Post contacted a senior police officer in the North District which has the famous Sadar Bazar market brimming with business and customers that witnesses people coming in huge numbers to buy firecrackers, said: “Last month, we had an accident where a 64-year-old man died in Lahori Gate while he was carrying around 50 kg of firecrackers. We already took action and booked the offenders. We also sealed three shops. We will also take appropriate action after the Apex Court’s order.
“However, we have just three licenced shops. Most of the shops crop up during the festive season.”
The national Capital has various firecrackers markets with licenced shops for sale and purchase of the crackers like Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Laxmi Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Shahdara as well.
Apart from the Explosive Substance Act, the Delhi Police will also book the offenders under 188 IPC which is disobedience of the order.