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Sale of unauthorised firecrackers:CPCB issues notices to police chiefs and DMs of Delhi-NCR

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has shot show-cause notices to the Police and district magistrates of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, and over sale and bursting of unauthorised fire crackers despite the ban.

The notices have been also sent to the Police of Faridabad, and SP of and

In a letter, CPCB S P Singh Parihar has sought a report within seven days on action taken to "prevent sale of unauthorised fire crackers along with reason for non-compliance of the SC order".

The Delhi-recorded its worst air quality in the "severe" category a day after Diwali. Authorities attributed the spike in pollution level to burning of toxic fire crackers.

Parihar, in the notice, said it has been reported that fire crackers other than those permitted by the apex court were sold and burst on Diwali in Delhi, Fariabad, and

"The above status indicates non-compliance of the order," the letter said.

"Direction is hereby issued to to submit report on action taken to prevent sale of unauthorised fire crackers along with reason for non-compliance of the order," it said in its notices to district magistrates and the police departments.

At least 562 cases were registered under Section 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code in connection with bursting of firecrackers.

The Supreme Court has allowed people to burst firecrackers from 8 PM to 10 PM only on Diwali and other festivals. The apex court allowed manufacture and sale of just the "green crackers" which have low emission of light, sound and

The court said the police should ensure that there is no sale of banned firecrackers and in case of any violation, the (SHO) of concerned of the area would be held personally liable and this would amount to committing contempt of the Court.

But despite the Supreme Court's order, certain places recorded violations where fire crackers were burnt before and after the set timeframe.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:55 IST