Cracker vi­o­la­tions: Po­lice file more than 100 cases in Mum­bai

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: The Mum­bai po­lice reg­is­tered 53 cases against fire­cracker ven­dors and over 100 cases against peo­ple who had burst fire­crack­ers out­side the Supreme Court-pre­scribed ex­emp­tion pe­riod of 8pm to 10pm dur­ing Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions this year.

“The cases against fire­cracker ven­dors were pertaining to vi­o­la­tions of the SC guide­lines and not ac­quir­ing req­ui­site per­mis­sions,” said Man­ju­nath Singe, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice and spokesper­son for Mum­bai po­lice. “Cases have also been ini­ti­ated against those vi­o­lat­ing the time limit for burst­ing crack­ers. The 100-plus cases in­clude those against uniden­ti­fied per­sons who es­caped from the spot af­ter the po­lice’s ar­rival,” said Singe on Satur­day.

The SC or­der al­lows burst­ing of low-emis­sion and re­duced deci­bel fire­crack­ers for Di­wali, be­tween 8pm and 10pm. Cases have been reg­is­tered un­der sec­tions 188 (dis­obe­di­ence to or­der duly pro­mul­gated by pub­lic ser­vant) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and sec­tion 33 (U) of the Bom­bay Po­lice Act (set­ting off or throw­ing fire­crack­ers within 50 feet of a street or build­ing).

The Mum­bai po­lice said that its con­trol room re­ceived calls alert­ing them to vi­o­la­tions and pa­trolling was un­der­taken to ini­ti­ate cases against of­fend­ers. In­stances of fire­crack­ers be­ing burst af­ter 10pm were recorded all across the city. Cit­i­zens also con­tacted the po­lice through Twit­ter, to in­form them of ar­eas where the SC or­der was be­ing vi­o­lated. On so­cial me­dia, there were nu­mer­ous com­plaints that the po­lice helpline num­ber was un­avail­able.

De­spite reg­u­lar pa­trolling and aware­ness cam­paigns, there werenu­mer­ousvi­o­la­tion­sacross the city, said Mum­bai Po­lice.

On Oc­to­ber 23, the SC im­posed a ban on fire­crack­ers, al­low­ing an ex­emp­tion win­dow of two hours be­tween 8pm to 10pm when lowe­mis­sion and low-deci­bel fire­crack­ers would be per­mit­ted dur­ing Di­wali.

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PRATIK CHORGE/HT FILE PHOTO

The SC this year had al­lowed burst­ing of fire­crack­ers only be­tween 8pm and 10pm.

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