In a now-deleted tweet, DCP (southwest) Devender Arya said he had never imagined a day would come when people would be jailed for bursting crackers.
“Diwali pe bamp/pataka bajane pe jail ho sakthi hain. Kabhi socha nahin ke ye din aayega, kya main apne Bharat desh me hi hoon? Jai Sri Ram. Jai Hindi.” Arya tweeted.
The statement came against the backdrop of the Supreme Court issuing guidelines on bursting of firecrackers. On Wednesday, Delhi Police had registered 562 cases for “disobedience of order” (Section 188 of IPC) and arrested 310 people on Diwali night.
As Arya’s statement was flagged on social media, Delhi Police tweeted via its official handle: “The said tweet got posted from the personal handle of Sh. Devender Arya. It was immediately deleted by the officer. Delhi Police has nothing to do with that tweet. We are committed to ensure that directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court on this issue are strictly complied with.”
Arya, too, put out a clarification on Twitter: “It was a momentary inadvertent slip on my part. It does not reflect any opinion/view. I sincerely apologise for this inadvertent slip.”
Last month, the Supreme Court had allowed the use of “green” firecrackers for Diwali, but only for two hours, between 8 pm and 10 pm. Ahead of Diwali, several special teams from all 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.