The tricity authorities on Tuesday issued orders allowing people to burst firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali. If anyone was found violating the instructions, criminal proceedings under Section 188 of the IPC would be initiated against the person. On Tuesday, two men — Amit Kumar, 38, of Pinjore, and Sunil Saini, 32, of Manimajra — were arrested for bursting firecrackers in Manimajra. A Sector 56 resident,
Gulshan Abar, was arrested for selling crackers without any permit near Primary School, Sector 56. Seventeen-year-old Piyush was injured when the end portion of a burst firecracker hit his left leg in Sector 47-D on Tuesday. Piyush was rushed to GMSH-16 and discharged after preliminary treatment. He said that he was crossing the street near his house when some people burst the cracker and he suffered injuries.
UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore greeted the people on Diwali and appealed to celebrate “Green Diwali” without causing any environmental pollution. He also urged the people to adhere to the guidelines of the apex court on bursting of crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali.
The sale of firecrackers was started in the Tricity at the designated places. In Panchkula, a total of 13 stalls were put up in Sector 5 but one stall was removed at the last moment. In Chandigarh, stalls were put up at 29 designated places, including Ram Leela Ground, Sector 46, Sector 37, Dussehra Ground in Sector 34, and Sabzi Mandir in Sector 29. Traders dealing in the crackers maintained that though the sale was low, they were expecting it to shoot up tomorrow.
Manish Kumar, one of stall owners in Panchkula, said, “Today’s response was better than yesterday. We are expecting more people to purchase crackers tomorrow. I think two hours are enough for bursting crackers.” In Mohali, crackers’ stalls were put up at 14 locations.
Adequate security arrangements were made in the Tricity. In Chandigarh, 920 police personnel, comprising six DSPs, 23 police inspectors and 891 officers of other ranks were deputed for maintaining the law and order situation throughout Chandigarh on Wednesday. They would remain present on duty from Tuesday night to 4 am on October 8. PCR vehicles and pedestrian police personnel, including some in plain clothes, will remain present at all the busy markets, including sectors 35, 22, 17, 19, 34 and around Elante Mall in Phase-2, Industrial Area.
DSP Pawan Kumar said, “We have already started taking action against the people violating instructions issued under Section 144 of CrPC for not bursting crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm. The UT Administration issued the instructions under Section 144 of CrPC on October 31 in this regard.”
In Panchkula, six duty magistrates were appointed for keeping tabs on the law and order situation in the district along with police personnel. The duty magistrates were deployed in Panchkula city, Kalka, Pinjore, Raipurrani and Barwala. A police officer said, “We also instructed the police personnel to make videography of people, those violating the instructions and bursting firecrackers after and before the permissible time limit.”
In Mohali, 900 police personnel, including 140 traffic police personnel, were deployed throughout the district for maintaining law and order situation.