PIL filed in Orissa HC seeking ban on firecrackers this Diwali


Cuttack: Just two days after the Supreme Court banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR this Diwali, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed before the Orissa High Court on Wednesday seeking a direction to ban sale and use of fireworks along with other explosive materials during Diwali in the state.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Secretary, Home Department, Law Secretary and Director General of Police have been made parties in the PIL filed by Surendra Panigrahi, president of Berhampur-based Bharatiya Bikash Parisad.

The PIL cited that crackers of different varieties are dangerous and cause environment, sound and air pollution which is hazardous for public health. The PIL also stated that people of Odisha, mostly addicted to alcohol and other narcotic substances, use crackers during Diwali in dangerous manner causing accidents, invalidating many persons and even killing some, who come in direct contact with explosion.

Stating that Diwali should be limited to lighting diyas, the PIL has pleaded the High Court to direct opposite parties to cancel cracker sale licence and ban on its use during the Diwali.

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