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Bursting Crackers May Land You in Jail; Read to Know More

NEW DELHI: The Environment Minister Wednesday announced bursting of crackers in New Delhi would attract a jail sentence of six months and a fine of Rs 200. According to Section 9B of the Explosives Act, production, storage and sale of firecrackers in Delhi will be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 5,000 and three years jail, the minister said.

The city administration ahead of Diwali reinstated the two-year-old policy in September, restricting the manufacture, sale, and use of any kind of firecrackers until January 1—including Diwali.

The administration has decided to launch a public campaign-Diye Jalao Patake Nahi in order to promote its view on October 21st. The Delhi government will light 51,000 diyas at Central Park in Connaught Place on Friday.

Addressing the press conference, Rai stated that 408 teams have been formed to carry out the ban. Around 165 teams have been constituted by the Revenue Department, 33 by Delhi Pollution Control Committee and 210 Delhi police teams under assistant commissioners of police.

The minister added that until lately, 188 cases of violations have been detected and 2,917 kg firecrackers seized.

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