Chandigarh: Violating a 2-hour cracker burst window can land you in jail

Around 2,000 cops will be deployed in Chandigarh and Mohali on Diwali to keep an eye out for people breaching the two-hour burst window and to ensure peaceful festivities.

In both cities, local governments only allowed crackers to pop between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Although there are no time restrictions in place in Panchkula, the government of Haryana, similar to the administration of Chandigarh and the government of Punjab, has only allowed the popping of green crackers.

Burst of crackers beyond the two hour window will invite an FIR under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly issued by an official) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Chandigarh and Mohali. The charge can carry a prison sentence of up to six months with a fine of up to 1,000.

Loud crackers like ladis (string crackers) are also prohibited and those who pop them are also likely to be reserved.

Meanwhile, the tricity police will also maintain vigilance to ensure the safety and security of people amid the Diwali festivities.

In Chandigarh, six Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) and 35 inspectors including all Police Station Officers (SHO) will be on the ground to monitor the situation.

PCR patrols will continue in all busy markets, especially around jewelry stores and near religious places. A special control of hotels, pensions and inns will also be carried out.

Officials say while foot patrols have been stepped up outside of patrol vans, cops will also remain deployed in public places in plainclothes. The traffic police will also install floating nakas to monitor the traffic situation.

To avoid any untoward incidents, PCR teams, patrol teams and riot control personnel were also deployed in Mohali.

Senior police officers, including Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni, as well as SP and DSP rank officers, will monitor security arrangements and carry out checks at religious venues and busy markets around the district.

Coordination with firefighters and medical teams will be maintained for rapid intervention if necessary.

Meanwhile, ambulances have been deployed to cracker markets in case of emergency, and traders have been instructed to provide all safety measures, including fire extinguishers, water tanks and buckets of sand .

Hospitals on alert for Diwali injuries

The respective health departments will also remain on Diwali alert to treat any injuries from the cracker burst.

“The emergency department of GMSH-16, as well as the civil hospitals of Manimajra, sector 22 and sector 45, have been put on alert. Hospitals have made all necessary arrangements, including the availability of medications, to care for patients with burns and eye damage from crackers,” said a press release from the UT Health Department.

An ophthalmologist will be available 24 hours a day to treat patients with eye injuries. Also at PGIMER, doctors from the Advanced Eye Center and the emergency room will be available to attend to patients.

Even in Panchkula, arrangements are in place in all government facilities. Panchkula’s chief medical officer, Dr Mukta Kumar, said: “Doctors will remain on duty to treat any cracker injuries.”

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