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Delhi Police’s big action before Diwali, 5 people arrested with more than 500 kg of firecrackers

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The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested five people from West Delhi and recovered over 500 kg of illegal firecrackers from their possession. The purchase, sale and/or storage of firecrackers is prohibited in the capital.

Delhi Police has recovered a total of 506 kg of illegal firecrackers from the arrested youths. The accused have been identified as Kiran Khurana, Sanjay Kumar, Anuradha Khandelwal, Rajesh Taluja and Ajit Singh. Police said that the firecrackers were kept in the market for the purpose of sale.

DCP (Outer Delhi) Parvinder Singh said that during the festive season, security arrangements will be tight, patrolling will be done at many crowded places. Despite the ban, cases will be registered against those selling or bursting firecrackers.

Complete ban on firecrackers to continue in Delhi: Officials

A senior Delhi government official had said on Monday that a complete ban on bursting of firecrackers would continue in the capital. On Monday, the Supreme Court set aside the order of the Calcutta High Court, which had banned the sale and use of firecrackers on Kali Puja, Diwali and other festivals in West Bengal.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on 2 December 2020 directed that in the National Capital Region (NCR) and all cities and towns of the country where the ambient air quality falls in the category of ‘poor’ and above, the COVID-19 pandemic There will be a complete ban on the sale and use of all types of firecrackers.

A senior official of the Delhi Pollution Control Board said that there is no discussion or plan to allow green crackers in Delhi and the complete ban will continue. He said that the air quality in Delhi is already being recorded in the category of ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’, hence it is necessary to impose a complete ban on firecrackers.

On September 15, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a ban on firecrackers, saying it was “necessary to save lives”. Later on September 28, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee had ordered a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the capital Delhi till January 1, 2022.

Earlier on Monday, Justice A.M. A special bench of the Supreme Court of Khanwilkar and Justice Ajay Rastogi said that there cannot be a complete ban on firecrackers. Mechanism for monitoring should be strengthened and focus should be given to prevent misuse. The court said that this is not a new issue and the government will have to take a decision on this issue.

(With inputs from News PTI)

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