As many as 36 people, including 34 in Chandigarh, were arrested in the last 48 hours in Tricity for bursting firecrackers beyond the permissible time limit between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. Another eight persons were arrested for selling firecrackers without permission. As many as 18 people out of 34 in Chandigarh were arrested on Diwali. On Tuesday, Chandigarh Administration had issued the prohibitory orders restricting the use of firecrackers on Diwali under Section 144 of CrPC.
People were arrested from different locations, including Manimajra, Sectors 35, 29, 22 and 39 and Hallomajra under Section 188 (disobedience to orders duly promulgated by a public servant) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and later released on regular bail.
A spokesman of Chandigarh Police said they started arresting the people for bursting firecrackers beyond the permissible limit since November 5. “As many as 18 people were arrested after 10 pm on Wednesday. As many as 16 people were arrested between November 5 and November 6. A total of 33 FIRs were registered in this connection. The drive is still on,” he said.
Police sources said three more FIRs were registered against unknown persons for bursting firecrackers near CBI headquarters in Sector 30 and at two different locations in Sector 16.
In Panchkula, police registered five FIRs against unknown persons for bursting firecrackers beyond the permissible limit Wednesday. Four FIRs were registered at Sector 5 police station and one at Sector 20 police station. Information about the use of firecrackers was also received in Sectors 7, 2, 16 and 20.
Meanwhile, several people burst firecrackers even Thursday in different parts of Chandigarh and Panchkula. A Panchkula police officer said, “A PCR motorcycle was send to Sector 7 after a call was received, but nobody was found present at the location. A call was received from Sector 7 market also.” In Mohali, only two persons were arrested for the violation.
Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said that they registered two cases in Phase 1 police station. The FIRs were registered against Deepak and Gagan, residents of Industrial Area, Phase 7. Deepak was booked on the complaint of Sub-inspector Navdeep Kaur, while Gagan on that of Head Constable Raj Kumar under Section 188 of the IPC.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said that action was also taken against shopkeepers who were selling firecrackers illegally two days before Diwali.
Asked about cases registered for violating the prohibitory orders, the DC said that she was not aware of any.
The SSP added that the PCR vehicles visited the spots from where the violations were reported. A PCR officer said that they received 18 calls on Wednesday, out of which seven were related to firecracker bursting, while others regarding some fights and people drinking in markets.