As many as 138 temporary licenses issued allowing the sale of firecrackers in the national capital now stand cancelled in light of the Delhi government’s ban on sale and use of crackers this Diwali.
Delhi Police on Sunday issued a memo directing concerned departments to cancel all temporary licences issued for the sale of firecrackers this Diwali. This direction comes in the wake of the Delhi government’s decision to ban the sale and use of firecrackers this Diwali citing a spike in Covid-19 cases due to heightened air pollution in the national capital.
Signed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licensing) Pankaj Kumar, the memo’s subject reads, “Directions from Delhi Pollution Control Committee, dated 16/11/2020 regarding complete ban on bursting and sale of all kind of firecrackers”.
The memo goes further to direct all of Delhi’s police districts to cancel temporary licences issued by them for the sale of firecrackers. Delhi Police has also asked its officers to sensitize and advise their departments accordingly and initiate legal action against anyone found in violation of the ban on the sale and use of firecrackers.
On Sunday, the Delhi Police arrested seven people and seized around 600 kilograms of firecrackers being sold illegally in the national capital. A total of seven cases have been registered against seven different people for violating the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi to date.
A copy of the memo sent by Delhi Police to all senior officials (Photo Credits: Arvind Ojha/India Today)
Additional PRO of Delhi Police, Anil Mittal told news agency PTI, “Police recovered 593.224 kg of firecrackers and arrested seven people. Also, eight cases were registered against the bursting of crackers and one person was arrested and 1 kg of fireworks recovered from him in this connection.”
Acting on the advice of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Delhi government earlier this week announced a slew of measures to counter the increase in air pollution and the sudden spike in coronavirus cases. Among those measures were a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers, including green crackers.
News agency PTI quoted Joint Commissioner of Police (Licensing Unit) Suvashis Choudhary who said that 138 licenses for firecracker shops were issued in the national capital this year. A total of 260 applications were received in this regard but temporary licenses were granted only to 138 applicants who met all the requirements as prescribed by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation.