100 booked for de­fy­ing cracker dead­line in city

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Fifty-three per­sons were booked here for sell­ing fire­crack­ers that did not meet Supreme Court guide­lines. Po­lice found that crack­ers, not ‘green’ as per norms, were al­lowed to be sold dur­ing Di­wali. Over 100 per­sons were booked for light­ing crack­ers be­yond the dead­line.

Many tweeted lo­ca­tions to Mum­bai Po­lice to take ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors on Fri­day night. Apart from po­lice sta­tions, com­plaints were also re­ceived on the con­trol room num­ber 100 and on Twit­ter. Those caught were booked un­der sec­tion 131 of Ma­ha­rash­tra Po­lice Act. Po­lice will file chargesheets and courts will de­cide the fine and ac­tion.

Mum­bai Po­lice spokesper­son DCP Man­ju­nath Singe said cracker sellers failed to fol­low SC norms. Ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice (cen­tral re­gion) Ravin­dra Shisve said on the first day of Di­wali, peo­ple were unaware about the proper time.

State pol­lu­tion con­trol board of­fi­cials did not re­spond to queries by TOI. — V Narayan & Sanyukta Singh

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