In Delhi's Ashok Nagar, the police have apprehended a shopkeeper, Sanjeev Jain, for possessing a staggering 162 kg of firecrackers in defiance of a pollution ban imposed by the Delhi government. The ban, which prohibits the production, storage, sale, and use of firecrackers until January 1, 2024, aims to combat the city's pollution crisis.
Acting on a tip-off, Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) Joy Tirkey led a raid near Hanuman Fatak in Ashok Nagar. During the operation, 162 kg of firecrackers were seized from Jain's possession, indicating his intent to sell them for profit.
Tirkey underscored the potential danger such a large quantity of firecrackers posed to the densely populated area. Jain now faces charges under sections 188 and 286 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience to a promulgated order by a public servant and negligent conduct with respect to an explosive substance, respectively.
By enforcing strict measures against firecrackers, the Delhi government aims to tackle the high pollution levels plaguing the city and protect the health of its residents. The ban aligns with efforts to control pollution and create a cleaner and safer environment for all.
The seized firecrackers have been taken into police possession as evidence. The Delhi government's ban on firecrackers will remain in effect until the start of the new year in 2024, highlighting a commitment to curbing pollution and prioritizing the well-being of the city's inhabitants.