A man in Delhi’s Ghazipur area was arrested by the police after his children were found bursting firecrackers on November 1. According to reports, neighbours of the man objected to busting of firecrackers by the children and complained to the police.
#BREAKING | Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a man whose children were caught bursting firecrackers in Ghazipur area which is a violation of the Supreme Court’s order banning the usage of crackers apart from two hours on Diwali day. | #RightToBreathe pic.twitter.com/bdv2uWmsgW
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 4, 2018
“The accused, Damandeep, was bursting crackers outside his house when his neighbours made a call to Ghazipur police station. We sent an officer who seized the firecrackers. The accused was violating SC orders and bursting a year old crackers. The residue will be sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for examination,” said DCP (East) Pankaj Singh.
The police and the Forensic Science Laboratory are mulling as to how will it be ascertained whether the cracker was green or not as this is the first case where the FSL is required to examine the firecrackers and there is no set standard to ascertain the ‘greenness’ of the crackers owing to the lack of clarity on the definition, and composition of permitted chemicals. On its order on firecrackers, Supreme Court of India had said that only low polluting ‘green’ crackers will be allowed in Delhi-NCR region.
Meanwhile, the news of the arrest of the man for bursting crackers has angered the twitteratti, who condemned the arrest.
Some questioned the vigilance of the police in cases of more serious nature.
Eve teasing, extortion, road rage, frauds, goondaism, violent mobs – try getting the accused arrested. It will take ages and even then nothing may happen. But for bursting a cracker- immediate arrest. Tyranny of secularism. https://t.co/keAAJ3vfux
— VikasSaraswat (@VikasSaraswat) November 4, 2018
The good old days when bursting crackers on Diwali was not criminal.
?Who knew that times would change to this extent in India where celebrating Diwali as I did back in the day would be ‘criminal’ now!
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) November 4, 2018
Some called the action of the police a tribute to Aurangzeb.
Wonderful tribute to Aurangzeb on his 400th birthday. https://t.co/PCVnrz9lls
— Aashish Chandorkar (@c_aashish) November 4, 2018
Well done Supreme Court, for reminding us how it must have been to live as a Hindu in Aurangzeb’s time. Thank you Milords for telling our kids that their parents are criminals because they want to celebrate Diwali & thank you @narendramodi for standing by, silently. https://t.co/3PQnjXrujw
— saurabh srivastava (@SKS_Mumbai) November 4, 2018
From ‘100kg RDX seized’ news breaks to this. We as a nation are rapidly progressing. Next up: On the eve of Krishnashtami police seize 1000liters of Dahi.https://t.co/oOHk9ypVR4
— Very Stable Genius (@ravithinkz) November 4, 2018
On 23rd October, the Supreme Court had allowed bursting of low pollutant crackers between 8 to 10 pm. The SC also banned the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on the e-commerce portals from selling firecrackers. Later, the SC modified the order and decided that the 2 hour slot is only applicable for NCR only and not rest of the country.