Mumbai police books two men for bursting firecrackers after midnight

The police have registered a case under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)

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On Wednesday, two men were booked for bursting firecrackers outside the prescribed time in Mankhurd. This is considered as the first arrest after Supreme Court placed restrictions on the bursting of firecrackers between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

On the day of the incident, Right to Information (RTI) activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh approached Trombay police after witnessing two men, aged around 20-22 years, bursting crackers on the road near his home at Maharashtra Nagar colony in Mankhurd around 12.06am.

According to Sheikh’s complaint, he called out to them from his window and asked them to stop bursting firecrackers but they refused, claimed Shaikh. After requesting for umpteen times, Shaikh called Mumbai police control room. Police arrived at the spot but the duo fled the spot. Apparently, Shaikh had made a video recording of the duo bursting firecrackers.

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Prakash Salvi, Senior Inspector at Trombay police station said that they acquired the video clip from the complainant and are trying their best to trace the duo.

The police have registered a case under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Additionally, they have also been booked under section 33 (U) of the Bombay Police Act for letting off or throwing a firework within 50 feet of a street or building.

Following the Supreme Court (SC) order restricting the sale of firecrackers in residential areas during Diwali, the state had issued a circular with guidelines for both, selling and bursting crackers in the city and state. As per the directive, the police have been instructed to take immediate action against those found violating the regulations.

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