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Delhi firecrackers ban: Police say set to begin crackdown

While the Delhi government said their campaign against firecrackers to raise awareness started on Monday, the civic bodies said they plan to raise awareness about pollution and would take action against any illegal sale.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
October 10, 2017 2:55:17 am
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The ban on firecrackers took authorities by surprise, with the Delhi Police saying that they will take action against offenders and start seizing firecrackers under Section 188 of the IPC.
The Supreme Court Monday banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, to ensure they are not sold in the region during Diwali this year till November 1. The apex court said its last month’s order, temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1 — 12 days after the ‘festival of lights’.

According to Delhi Police’s Licencing Department, only 20 people in the capital have permanent licences to sell firecrackers and they can store only 600 kg. However, every year before Diwali, temporary licences are issued to shopkeepers by the district DCP after verifying documents and NOCs. Such licence holders can store 100 kg firecrackers. With the ban, police said all licences will remain suspended until further orders.

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Delhi Police spokesperson, Dependra Pathak, told The Indian Express, “We are reading the order in detail and will follow directions. We also appeal to citizens to cooperate with police in following the orders.”

While the Delhi government said their campaign against firecrackers to raise awareness started on Monday, the civic bodies said they plan to raise awareness about pollution and would take action against any illegal sale, as and when mandated by higher authorities.

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