14 detained, released for bursting firecrackers near SC


Environment-friendly firecrackers are better than a ban

Action was taken against the policemen, deputed at Mongolpuri police station in Northwest Delhi, for allegedly "not knowing" what was happening in their beat areas, a senior police officer said. The crackers were reportedly stocked for the objective of selling illegally.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its October 9 order to ban sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR this Diwali and expressed anguish that the order was being given a communal twist. "It is purely the government's lapse which failed to recognize the Supreme Court's order first in September then they failed to come out with a set of regulations", Maken further said.

"Since the ban is only on sale in Delhi, crackers can be bought from outside Delhi, and there is no ban on distribution of crackers", Bagga told ANI, adding that bursting crackers is part of a tradition.

According to the court, its ban order for this year during Diwali was an experiment to examine its effect on the pollution level in the region.

Police team raided the premises and arrested one person named Vijay while crackers worth lakhs of rupees were seized, he said.

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A few hours later, a shop in Gadoli village was sealed and 39 boxes of crackers were seized, Kumar added.

The Supreme Court's decision to ban the sale of crackers during Diwali has become a highly contentious issue. Diwali is a festival of hapiness.

"We are following the SC guidelines against shopkeepers found illegally selling firecrackers and are also taking action as per the law". The ban on firecrackers has also affected other shopkeepers' who are selling lights and idols in the market.

While referring to the air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR during and immediately after 2016 Diwali, the apex court had observed that due to the adverse effects of burning of fire crackers, "the air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby".

"Going by these considerations, we are of the opinion that the judgment dated September 12, 2017 passed by this court should be made effective only from November 1, 2017". The court also went on to say that firecrackers will be available in the NCR from November 1 onwards.

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