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Complete ban on firecrackers in Bengal during Diwali, Kali Puja

The order nullifies the Pollution Control Board move to allow firecrackers for two hours on Diwali and Chhat Puja, and for 35 minutes on New Year’s Eve.

October 29, 2021 / 04:25 PM IST
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The Calcutta High Court on October 29 slapped a blanket ban on the sale and use of firecrackers this Diwali. The prohibition also covers the Kali Puja, Chhath Puja, Christmas and the New Year, news agency ANI reported.

The court order comes in the wake of an uptick in the daily count of fresh COVID infection in West Bengal since the Durga Puja celebrations earlier this month.

A Division Bench of Justices Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya and Aniruddha Roy has directed police to confiscate crackers and take legal action against persons caught violating the firecracker ban, reported Live Mint.

The Calcutta HC passed the order based on a petition seeking the reimposition of the firecracker ban that was in place in 2020 in view of COVID-19.