Apex court curbs on firecrackers flouted in Shimla, no FIR registered

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Apex court curbs on firecrackers flouted in Shimla, no FIR registered

Friday, 09 November 2018 | PNS | Shimla

No FIR was registered in Shimla till Thursday evening for violation of the Supreme Court's restrictions on bursting firecrackers even though they could be heard beyond the 10 pm deadline on Diwali.

The Supreme Court had allowed people to burst firecrackers from 8-10 pm.

No FIR has been registered as no complaint has been received in this regard, Shimla Superintendent of Police (SP) Omapati Jamwal said.

There are reports from several areas of Shimla, including Jakhu, Chhota Shimla, Khalini, Lower Bazar, Summer Hill and Lakkar Bazar localities, of people bursting firecrackers before 8 pm and after 10 pm, residents said.

The police in Chamba and Bilaspur districts also did not register any case for violation of the Supreme Court order.

Monica Bhutunguru and Ashok Kumar, SPs of Chamba and Bilaspur respectively, confirmed this. 70 fire incidents reported in Himachal Pradesh on Diwali Property worth over Rs 1.67 crore was gutted in 70 incidents of fire reported from across Himachal Pradesh on Diwali, an official said on Thursday.

A major fire broke out at a Honda agency in Kangra district’s Gurkari village after a lit firecracker fell there. Seventy-five two wheelers and other property worth Rs 40 lakh was gutted in the fire, sub-divisional officer, fire department, Dharam Chand Sharma said. Firemen, with the help of locals, doused the blaze in about three hours, he said. Nearly 200 two wheelers did not have a proper shed on top. The firemen successfully saved the remaining 125, he added.  15 incidents of fire were reported from Kangra, the maximum in the state. It was followed by 12 each in Shimla and Solan, 8 in Sirmour, 6 in Una, 5 each in Mandi and Hamirpur, 3 in Bilaspur and 2 in Kullu and Chamba respectively. Property worth Rs. 1,67,48,300 was gutted in the fire incidents, officials added.

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