100 booked for defying cracker deadline in 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