Two held for selling crackers in Noida, fireworks worth Rs5 L recovered
The police teams raided several marketplaces including the Atta market, Brahmaputra market in Sector 28, Sector 63 market, Kasna market, Shahberi market in Bisrakh and Sadarpur market from Thursdaynoida Updated: Oct 20, 2017 22:09 IST
Following the ban on the sale of crackers by the Supreme Court, the Gautam Budh Nagar police came down hard on those selling fireworks on Diwali in the district. Two persons were arrested on Thursday and crackers worth Rs5 lakh were recovered from their possession.
The police teams raided several marketplaces including the Atta market, Brahmaputra market in Sector 28, Sector 63 market, Kasna market, Shahberi market in Bisrakh and Sadarpur market from Thursday to keep a tab on the sale of crackers.
“We received information about the sale of crackers in the Shahberi market. Acting on the information, we conducted a raid on Thursday morning and confiscated seven bags of crackers from the two people,” said Ajay Kumar Sharma, station house officer of Bisrakh police station.
“Firecrackers worth over Rs5 lakh were seized from the duo. The arrested persons were identified as Parvez and Mohammed, residents of Bisrakh. They were booked under relevant provisions of Explosive Act 1984,” an officer said.
They may have sold some of the stock, but most of it was confiscated, the police said. Both of them were produced at the district court in Surajpur and sent to jail, the police said.
Sources said that some were selling crackers in Kasna, Surajpur, Ganga Market, Jaipuria Market, Mamura market, Sector 12-22 market and Atta market, but had to shut shop as the police were keeping a constant watch on the marketplaces.
On Monday, the police had arrested a 30-year-old man from Phase-2 area of Noida for storing crackers worth Rs3.5 lakh at his residence, to sell them.
After the ban, the district administration cancelled as many as 87 applications seeking temporary licences to sell crackers.
In a pre-emptive step to stop toxic smog from engulfing Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the Supreme Court imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, which comprises comprise Delhi and parts of Haryana, UP and Rajasthan, ahead of Diwali.
First Published: Oct 20, 2017 22:09 IST