Delhi Police registered 579 cases and arrested 310 people on Diwali night for violating the Supreme Court order on burning firecrackers. Police have also seized over 7,900 kg of illegal firecrackers, of which over 2,500 kg was seized on Diwali itself, from various parts of the city. A total of 113 cases have been registered and 124 people arrested for violating the apex court’s October 23 order.
According to police, a total of 87 people were arrested and 72 cases registered in connection with illegal sale of crackers. The apex court had allowed bursting of firecrackers between 8 pm and 10 pm only, on Diwali and other festivals.
The SC, in its order, had allowed manufacture and sale of only “green crackers” — which have low light and sound emission, and less harmful chemicals.
The top court had directed police to ensure that banned firecrackers were not sold, and in case of any violation, the station house officer (SHO) of the police station concerned would be held personally liable and it would amount to committing contempt of the court.
Several special teams from all the 14 districts were formed, and asked to patrol their areas. Police sources said legal action was taken when people were found bursting crackers after 10 pm.
Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma said they have registered around 562 cases under IPC section 188 (disobedience of order) and arrested 310 people.
“Those arrested were later granted bail. Appropriate legal action was also taken against 24 juveniles under the Juvenile Justice Act for not abiding by the Supreme Court’s direction,” Verma added.
According to police, out of the 579 cases, six were registered in New Delhi district, 17 in southeast district, 22 in southwest district, 37 in east district, 59 in northeast district, 47 in Shahdara, 30 in central, eight in north, 48 in northwest, 58 in Rohini, 48 in south, 23 in southeast, 52 in west, 89 in outer Delhi and 35 in Dwarka district.