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Commissionerate Police Takes Action Against 370 Violators Of Supreme Court’s Norms On Firecrackers


08 November 2018

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: In pursuance of Supreme Court’s strict restrictions on bursting firecrackers, Commissionerate Police here had tightened up its belts to ensure a safe Diwali in smart city Bhubaneswar and silver city Cuttack. Apart from sealing several unlicensed cracker shops in the run-up to Diwali, some police officials had also kept strict vigil on the streets last evening to ensure that the apex court’s norms are not violated.

Briefing the media, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty said, “Via mainstream and social media, we had widely promoted the Honorable Supreme Court’s directives on the timing restrictions of bursting crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm only. We had made elaborate security arrangements too. Despite that several people in the Twin City had not followed the rules.”

“As many as 140 people were slapped with a Prosecution Report (PR) under the Odisha Fireworks and Loudspeaker (Regulation Act) for bursting crackers before 8 pm and after 10 pm. On the other hand, fines were levied on 230 others under the Orissa Urban Police Act for bursting crackers in public places and thoroughfare. A total of Rs 1,15,000 was collected from this,” Mohanty explained.

In Bhubaneswar, 121 persons have been slapped with a PR under Odisha Fireworks and Loudspeaker (Regulation Act) of 1958 while Rs 63,000 was collected as fines from 126 people detected under the Orissa Urban Police Act of 2003.

In Cuttack city, 19 persons have been slapped with a PR for violating timing restrictions and meanwhile, Rs 52,000 was collected as fines from 104 people detected for bursting crackers in public spaces.

He further added, “More violations have also been there definitely as the PCR vans had responded to several calls, but the miscreants had fled the spot before the arrival of police.”

He concluded by saying, “Regulating a tradition is tricky but the police have been largely successful in doing so with the co-operation of people using self-regulation, self-discipline and awareness.”

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Satyajit Mohanty, Commissioner of Police