Delhi cops to form special teams to impose SC ban on sale of firecrackers
Implementation of the ban on sale of firecrackers will be difficult for Delhi Police as thousands of shops come up in narrow lanes of the Capital around Diwali. Police officials suspect traders may sell from home as they have already got the stockdelhi Updated: Oct 10, 2017 17:35 IST
After Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR during Diwali, Delhi Police said it would take “strict action” against anyone defying the order and would form “special teams” to implement the rule.
Dependra Pathak, Special CP (Traffic) and the police’s chief spokesperson, said the police “had begun examining the court’s order so that it is followed without fail”. “We will appeal to the public to cooperate with us to implement the honourable Supreme Court’s order,” he added.
Though the chief spokesperson appeared upbeat, other senior officers said implementing the order on the ground was going to be a tough task.
“We can prevent the sale of crackers from big and licensed shops, but a large number of retailers will instead do business from their homes as they have already purchased the stock. Cracking down on thousands of such shops operating in narrow streets will be difficult. They will find support from customers,” said a senior officer.
“But we will intensify patrolling on the streets on Diwali and the days preceding it,” said the officer, hoping action against a few shopkeepers will send a message to others.
Senior police officers appeared perplexed about how they would deal with several situations arising after the court order. They were undecided on how to prevent the online sales of crackers. Several websites promise to deliver crackers at your doorstep, for a price.
“We are examining the order to understand its bearing on online sales. Though many of these websites may not physically be operating from Delhi, they will still be supplying crackers to Delhiites, going against the spirit of the court order,” another officer told HT.
“We will think of making a database of such websites and instructing them not to supply to Delhi addresses,” said the officer.
The police were also undecided on how to react to people bursting crackers as the court order does not call it an illegal act. “Under any condition, we will go by an earlier court ruling in which bursting of crackers is not permitted after 10 pm,” said the officer.
Over the next couple of days, senior Delhi Police officers will held a meeting on how to implement the order. “We will decide on how to deal with people buying crackers outside Delhi-NCR and bursting them in the Capital. Such an act will be defying the spirit of the order,” said the officer.
In north Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, where a large number of licensed crackers shops are located, local traders met the police to “clear confusion” about the court order. “We told them that there is a complete ban on the sale of crackers in Delhi. Any violation will be met with a FIR,” said a local police officer no authorised to address journalists.
The Gurgaon Police said that they were yet to receive the court order. “Appropriate action would be initiated as per apex court’s order,” said Ravinder Kumar, public relations officer, Gurgaon Police.
“It’s a great move by the SC. We will ensure that the orders are followed properly in GBN,” said Love Kumar, SSP, GBN.