Following Supreme Court’s order to ban firecrackers in Delhi-NCR and a day after the police started cracking down on the cracker sellers, most shopkeepers preferred to keep their establishment closed on Wednesday. Police on Tuesday suspended around 400 licences which had been issued to traders and shopkeepers for selling firecrackers in Delhi, Indian Express reported.
Traders in Kotla Mubarakpur on Wednesday were warned by the police that their trading license will be seized if they don’t comply with the orders. Therefore they have decided to keep the shops shut. Similarly, traders in Lajpat Nagar, Andrews Ganj and Old Delhi also preferred to keep their stores shut in a bid to keep customers looking to buy firecrackers away. A trader in Kotla Mubarakpur said that they had opened their establishment in the morning but soon the police arrived who warned them with consequences. “In the morning, a shop selling firecrackers was opened. But soon, a police jeep came and warned the shop owner that his licence will be seized. Traders seem to have decided not to indulge in selling crackers illegally till the issue subsides,” the shopkeeper said.
The court had said that the November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences “should be given one chance to test itself” to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali. The court, while banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1, had also said that its September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1.