When Neeta Gupta’s eight-year-old son went outside the house on Monday morning to burst crackers, she stopped him and took away his crackers. Gupta said she no longer wants her son to light crackers — after her husband was booked for bursting them in the stairwell.
“This Diwali has been ruined for us. My son burst some crackers near their (the neighbour’s) house and it was a domestic dispute. Police should not have been called; it was not like someone died. Instead my husband was picked up,” Neeta said.
Following the arrest of Ghazipur resident Damandeep for allegedly violating the Supreme Court orders on bursting firecrackers, his family has alleged “police were over-enthusiastic in implementing the order”.
Their neighbour Deen Bandhu, who made the complaint, said: “We have a common stairwell and when his children burst crackers… I was still willing to forgive them. But their father came and intentionally started to burst crackers outside my house. I was told by everyone in the building to withdraw the case… But they (Damandeep’s family) did not even accept my Diwali party invitation, so I don’t think I will.”
Neeta said she initially had no idea her husband had been taken to the police station. She kept calling his phone, following which residents told her what had happened.
“When my husband came back, the only thing he told me was that he could not believe he would go to jail for bursting old crackers. Even my children can’t understand what happened,” Neeta said.
DCP (East) Pankaj Singh said Damandeep has been granted bail. “We are deliberating on submitting the recovered crackers to the FSL,” he said.