THOU­SANDS OF COM­PLAINTS BUT JUST 86 CASES

While the po­lice get a plethora of calls about Apex Court’s fire­cracker dead­line be­ing vi­o­lated, they man­age to book very few peo­ple across Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai

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PHONES at the Mum­bai Po­lice con­trol room have been ring­ing off the hook this fes­tive sea­son, with per­son­nel re­ceiv­ing 8,000-odd com­plaint calls on crack­ers be­ing burst at any odd hour, in vi­o­la­tion of the Supreme Court or­der of 8 pm to 10 pm only. Yet the po­lice have man­aged to book only a hand­ful of peo­ple for this.

AS per in­for­ma­tion avail­able with mid-day, till Fri­day 7 pm, cops had booked 55 peo­ple in 48 cases — six FIRs with 13 ac­cused and 42 LACs (Lo­cal Act Cases, un­der which there is no charge sheet or a trial; the per­son booked is fined and later sent a no­tice to be present in court for a day) against 42 peo­ple across the city un­der IPC sec­tions 188 (dis­obe­di­ence to or­der duly pro­mul­gated by pub­lic ser­vant) and 34 (com­mon in­ten­tion), and rel­e­vant sec­tions of the Bom­bay Po­lice Act. Of the booked, 52 have been fined R5,000 each, while a hunt is on for the re­main­ing two who haven't been nabbed yet. Till the time of go­ing to press, the Mum­bai Po­lice hadn't re­leased the of­fi­cial num­bers.

Non-stop calls

On an av­er­age, the Mum­bai Po­lice con­trol room re­ceives 60,000-odd calls daily for com­plaints about crime, traf­fic, road ac­ci­dents, fires, etc. But this Di­wali sea­son has seen the high­est num­ber of com­plaint calls about ir­reg­u­lar burst­ing of fire­crack­ers, in vi­o­la­tion of the SC or­der.

"Over the last three days, we have re­ceived an ad­di­tional 8,000 calls ow­ing to the fes­tive sea­son. What­ever in­for­ma­tion we re­ceive on con­trol room or on Twit­ter, we for­ward it to the po­lice sta­tion con­cerned for fur­ther ac­tion," said Man­ju­nath Shinge, Mum­bai Po­lice spokesper­son.

In Navi Mum­bai

The Navi Mum­bai com­mis­sion­er­ate booked 17 peo­ple in 17 cases for vi­o­lat­ing the SC or­der, be­sides tak­ing down 34 NCs.

As per data avail­able with mid-day, till Fri­day 7 pm, the Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion had reg­is­tered four cases, Nerul po­lice sta­tion three cases for the vi­o­la­tion and three cases for sale of crack­ers sans li­cence, NRI and APMC po­lice sta­tions had reg­is­tered two cases each, and Vashi, Kopar and Pan­vel po­lice sta­tions had one case each.

A sub-in­spec­tor at­tached to the con­trol room said, “We got more than 70 calls, but be­cause of lim­ited man­power, we couldn't send our per­son­nel to at­tend to all com­plaints. We have sug­gested cit­i­zens to shoot videos of the vi­o­la­tion when­ever they spot it and send the same to us.”

DCP (zone II) Navi Mum­bai Ashok Dudhe said, “We have reg­is­tered three FIRs in Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion against shop­keep­ers who kept their stores sell­ing fire­crack­ers open after 10 pm and even them­selves burst crack­ers there. We filed cases and brought them to the po­lice sta­tion after some res­i­dents com­plained.”

In Thane

As many as 21 peo­ple were booked in 21 cases in Thane Po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate. Of­fi­cers said eight cases are reg­is­tered at Man­pada po­lice sta­tion, six at Vish­nuna­gar po­lice sta­tion, five at Var­tak Na­gar po­lice sta­tion and one each at Chi­tal­sar and Ka­pur­bawdi po­lice sta­tions. Thane Po­lice PRO Sukhada Markar said, “All cases reg­is­tered are against shop­keep­ers for sell­ing crack­ers to peo­ple after 10 pm.”

PIC/BIPIN KOKATE

Crack­ers be­ing burst at Walkesh­war past the dead­line last night.

PIC/SURESH KARKERA

As per the SC or­der, fire­crack­ers dur­ing Di­wali can be burst only be­tween 8 pm and 10 pm.

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