Gurgaon police keeps vigil, no major violation of HC order reported
After the apex court ban on sale of crackers in Delhi and NCR, the Punjab and Haryana high court had on October 13 stipulated that crackers bought before the SC order could be burst only between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Diwali.gurgaon Updated: Oct 20, 2017 21:28 IST
No complaint regarding bursting of the firecrackers beyond the time stipulated by the Punjab and Haryana high court was received by the Gurgaon police on Thursday night. Although the police had to intervene in a few places to prevent the use of crackers, they did not register any case in the matter.
Gurgaon police said motorcycle patrols, PCR vans and SHOs remained active till Thursday night to ensure there was no major violation of the High Court and Supreme Court orders regarding ban on sale of crackers and timing specified for use of crackers.
After the apex court ban on sale of crackers in Delhi and NCR, the Punjab and Haryana high court had on October 13 stipulated that crackers bought before the SC order could be burst only between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Diwali.
“The police teams interacted with local market associations and motivated traders to refrain from sale of crackers as it could entail serious action. Secondly, the RWAs were taken into confidence and the matter was discussed with them and that certainly helped,” said Ravinder Kumar, PRO, Gurgaon police.
Kumar said neither the police stations nor the police control room received any complaint from residents regarding bursting of crackers beyond the fixed time. “Wherever it was felt that violations could take place, PCR vans policemen were sent to first advise the people and then warn them that violators could face serious action,” said Kumar.
The police also said the stringent action taken by them along with the district administration to prevent the sale of crackers prior to Diwali also helped curbed its use on Diwali.
Residents also said that bursting of crackers this year was far less as compared to last year. “Diwali is a festival of joy and it does not look good if a I complain of my neighbour who burst crackers till 10.30pm. Still, the situation was vastly better as most people stopped after 9.30pm. The use of high-decibel crackers and rockets was lesser,” said Sanjay, who lives in Sector 23.