Over 300 held, 550 cases filed on Diwali night

New Delhi: Over 550 cases were registered and more than 300 people arrested on Diwali night for violating the Supreme Court’s order on burning of firecrackers. Police also seized 2,776 kg firecrackers from various parts of the city on Diwali. A total of 87 people were arrested and 72 cases registered in connection with illegal sale of crackers.

A total of 562 cases were registered under Section 188 of the IPC across Delhi and 323 people were arrested by the Delhi police.

According to police, 72 cases were registered under the provisions of the Explosive Act and 87 persons were arrested for illegal sale of firecrackers. Twenty four juveniles also received legal action for violating the SC’s directions under the provision of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Over 250 cases of burn injuries were reported by various  hospitals in the national capital this Diwali. The five government hospitals — Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML), Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB), Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) and Lok Nayak (LN), reported majority of the burn injuries and firecracker-related accidents.

The Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, which has largest burns unit in the country, received around 104 cases, including 22 admissions related to major burn injuries, from 9 am on Wednesday to 9 am on Thursday.

“While 22 patients were admitted, rest were treated as out patients,” said Dr Shalabh Kumar, professor and consultant, plastic surgery department, Safdarjung Hospital. Of the total 104 patients, 26 were children.

At the RML Hospital, 25 people came to the casualty wards with burn injuries.

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