New Delhi: Ahead of Diwali, a 33-year-old shopkeeper from Noida was arrested in the Hazrat Nizamuddin area of southeast Delhi for allegedly carrying 21.7kg firecrackers in his vehicle despite a ban on selling them and breaking them up, police said on Sunday.
The vehicle used to transport the firecrackers was also seized from the accused Heera Lal, who runs a shop in his hometown of Noida, they said.
According to the police, Lal was arrested on Friday why a police team deployed on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg intercepted his vehicle after a brief chase and recovered the firecrackers weighing approximately 21.7 kg.
“When questioned about the firecrackers, he could not give a satisfactory answer at first. Later, during the interrogation, Lal revealed that he had bought the firecrackers to sell them in his store at a higher price in order to make a quick buck,” said Esha Pandey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East).
A case has been registered against Lal under Section 286 (negligent conduct in relation to explosive substances) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act at Hazrat Nizamuddin Police Station, a- she declared.
On September 28, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had ordered a complete ban on the sale and popping of firecrackers in the nation’s capital until January 1 next year.
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