A day after Delhi Police started cracking down on traders selling firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR, shopkeepers preferred to keep their shops shut on Wednesday.
Acting on the Supreme Court’s directions to ban sale of firecrackers until November 1, Delhi Police had on Tuesday suspended around 400 licences issued to traders and shopkeepers selling firecrackers in Delhi.
On Wednesday, traders in Kotla Mubarakpur said police has warned them that their trading licence will be seized if they sell firecrackers. As a result, they said, all of them have decided to shut shop. Similarly, traders in Lajpat Nagar, Andrews Ganj and Old Delhi also preferred to keep their stores shut in a bid to keep customers looking to buy firecrackers away.
Dhiraj Chaddha, a trader in Lajpat Nagar, said, “Till yesterday, some people were selling firecrackers on pavements. But today none of them can be seen. However, I think they will surface a day or two before Diwali.” In Kotla Mubarakpur, a trader said, “In the morning, a shop selling fircrackers was opened. But soon, a police jeep came and warned the shopowner that his licence will be seized. Traders seem to have decided not to indulge in selling crackers illegally till the issue subsides.”
Meanwhile, the Gurgaon District Magistrate issued an order, under CrPC Section 144, directing that “sale of firecrackers within the the district” is prohibited until October 31.