Mumbai, November 8: The Mumbai police on Wednesday booked two persons for violating the Supreme Court order on bursting crackers on Diwali. The duo was allegedly exploding firecrackers after 10 pm. This is perhaps the first case registered in Maharashtra after the apex court permitted to burst firecrackers only between 8 pm to 10 pm.
Shakeel Shaikh, an RTI activist who resides in Mankhurd, lodged the complaint in which he said two youths were bursting crackers after 10 pm in his area. He said he had informed the police, but by the time cops arrived, the duo had fled. He said he had told the youngsters not to burst crackers, but they paid no heed. Shaikh also submitted the video of the incident with the complaint. Delhi Air Quality Deteriorates A Day After Diwali, Air Pollution at 'Hazardous' Level.
“I noticed two men bursting crackers in Maharashtra Nagar. I rang up the police control room and informed them. Around 15 to 20 minutes later, two beat marshals came by, but by then, the accused had fled the area," he told TOI. Following Shaikh's complaint, a case was registered at the Trombay police station. No arrests have been made yet.
The duo has been booked under the Bombay Police Act for flouting the government officer’s order and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. Cops are struggling to implement the Supreme Court's order on crackers as most 'offenders' are juvenile. The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 pm.