The Chandigarh Police received 75 calls complaining about nuisance due to the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. Last year, 43 calls were received. Thirteen FIRs were registered and three persons were arrested for bursting the firecrackers before 8 pm and after 10 pm in the last two days.
Pardeep Kumar of Nayagaon was arrested on Diwali. Two others were arrested on Monday. A person was arrested for selling the firecrackers illegally in Chandigarh.
Police said 10 out of 13 FIRs were registered against unknown persons because when police parties rushed to the spot, users of firecrackers had escaped.
Two others arrested for using the firecrackers beyond the permissible limit were identified as Mohit Kumar of Attawa village in Sector 42 and Surjit Singh, a shop worker in Sector 35-C. The two were arrested on Monday and released on regular bail.
Mohit Kumar was arrested for using the firecrackers near a local gurdwara at Attawa village. He was arrested by ASI Harbans Singh. Surjit Singh was held for using firecrackers near booth number 4 at Sector 35 market. He was arrested by ASI Paramjit Sigh.
Police sources said, “Pardeep was held for bursting firecrackers at Sector 10 market on Diwali. He was bursting the crackers around 5.30 pm. A person had a narrow escape from the spark of firecracker used by Pardeep, who argued with the person after facing an objection. Police were called to the spot and Pardeep was arrested under Section 188 of IPC. Later, he was released on bail.”
DSP Charanjit Singh Virk said, “Investigation in other 10 FIRs, in which suspects are unknown, is on. Efforts are being made to identity and arrest them. These FIRs were registered at Sector 17 police station, Sector 19 police station, Manimajra police station, Industrial Area police station, Mauli Jagran police station, Sector 36 police station and Sector 39 police station.”
This number of FIRs and arrested people is less than last year’s Diwali when 34 people were arrested for the same offence of bursting crackers beyond the permissible limit between 8 pm and 10 pm.
Police said 123 calls about drunken brawls were received and 35 calls related to road accidents. Other miscellaneous calls, including one about a man found lying unconscious, vehicle damaged in a minor road accident, and a lost article found, were 137 in number.
The emergency response support system (ERSS) control room of Chandigarh Police received a total of 1,435 calls. As many as 469 calls out of 1,435 were found actionable. A total of 415 calls were responded to by PCR vehicles, 27 calls were responded to by fire tenders and 27 calls were responded to by ambulances.