Delhi cracker ban: City cops seize 1,200 kg crackers, arrest 29

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Delhi cracker ban: City cops seize 1,200 kg crackers, arrest 29

Although the Supreme Court has imposed a ban on selling of firecrackers in Delhi till November 1, many retailers have been found illegally selling crackers.

Despite a Supreme Court ban on the selling of firecrackers in the Capital, the black marketing of fireworks continues. Most of such illegal trades are running in Rohini and South-West district.

Acting on the court order Delhi Police on Tuesday seized 1,241 kg of crackers and arrested 29 people. About 344.5 kg of crackers were recovered from Rohini and seven FIRs were registered and in South-West district, the police made two arrests and seized 368 kg of crackers.

In Central Delhi, 142 kg of crackers were seized.

Senior officials told Mail Today that in many areas, the sweet shop owners have lent the inside portion of their shops to the cracker dealers. "Sweets are being sold in the front and the shopkeepers are found asking customers, 'Aapko Kuch aur bhi chahiye? (Do you want anything else?)' If the customer responds in affirmative, he/she is taken to where the crackers are being sold discreetly," said the officer.

The cyber crime team is also keeping a tight vigil on the online sale of firecrackers. Madhur Verma, Spokesperson of Delhi Police, said: "The police have set up special teams in all the 13 districts that are keeping a check on the illegal selling of firecrackers. Special teams are roaming in civil dresses to nab the retailers."

"We are following the apex court guidelines against shopkeepers found selling firecrackers and taking action as per law. The police are vigilant to ensure that no one violates the court directive," said a senior officer.

Some of the sellers arrested during surprise checks are from Sadar Bazaar and Lahori Gate. Following the court's order, Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik had directed the deputy commissioners of police of the 13 police districts to ensure that crackers are not sold in the city.