Jamshedpur : With an aim to check illegal selling of the fire crackers in the city the district administration has decided to take firm measures in this regard, including cancellation of the licence of the vendors found guilty of the crime.
A joint team of East Singhbhum district administration and city police seized 2,800 kg of crackers illegally stored at residential apartment in densely populated Jugsalai.
The owner of the stock, a 38-year-old trader, Mintu Singh is evading arrest and could not be found by the Jugsalai police. The seized consignment and the vehicles have been confiscated and kept at the Jugsalai police station for investigation.
The raid was carried out after a tip-off in the presence of Dhalbhum sub divisional magistrate Prem Ranjan and deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Kanhaiyan Upadhyay.
The seized stocks, arguably one of the largest in the city in recent years, estimated at more than Rs 15 lakhs (market price) comprised fancy and high decibel crackers have been kept at Jugsalai police station.
“We will continue such raids in different localities to crackdown on illegal sale and stockings of crackers ahead of Diwali. Cases have been lodged against the accused for stocking explosives illegally.
Police have lodged cases under section 9B of the Indian Explosives Act (unauthorized storage of explosives materials) and 285 of the IPC (danger to human life). The accused is absconding,” said the Dhalbhum SDM.
The police officer claimed that they had received complaint recently about the toy trader indulging in sale of crackers and stocking it in house without license.
“We have been receiving complains that traders used to store such fireworks on festive occasion. The seized consignment has been handed over to the Jugsalai police for legal action,” said the SDO.
The district administration issues temporary license to 300 odd traders for sale of fireworks only five days ahead of Diwali that too in earmarked spaces.
He, however, added that the administration has geared up to tackle any possible Diwali-related mishaps, and has all its vehicles and equipment ready for the task. The police have been asked to keep an eye in the Jugsalai and area for, it is the most vulnerable zone as far illegal sale of fire crackers are concerned.
“Jugsalai for years has been the center for dubious dealings of fire crackers and by rough estimates transaction worth crores of rupees takes place every year in the that particular pocket,” informed a senior official.