New Delhi [India]: To check air pollution, the Delhi Government has banned the sale and purchase of firecrackers in the national capital this year.
The UT government has asked everyone to opt for green crackers instead. In a raid on Wednesday, 800 kg of firecrackers were recovered by the police. This raid was conducted near Bara Tooti in the national capital’s Sadar Bazar.
The accused has been identified as 22-years-old Shahzad. He has been arrested.
Delhi Environment Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that the Delhi government has banned the production, storage, sale, and bursting of crackers this year as well with fines and jail terms in case of violation.
While addressing a press conference, Rai said “This year as well, there is a ban on production, sale, storage and bursting of crackers.”
“Sale or storage of firecrackers in Delhi can be punished with a fine of Rs 5,000 and/or imprisonment for three years,” he said.
The minister further said that strict action will be taken against those bursting crackers before Diwali.
“Strict action will be taken against those who burst crackers till Diwali. Under section 268 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), there is a provision of a fine of Rs 200 and/or jail for 6 months against those who burst crackers,” he further said.