Two held for illegal storage of firecrackers in Delhi

Oct 18, 2011, 06:51 IST | Mid day Correspondent

Goods worth Rs 27 lakh seized

Goods worth Rs 27 lakh seized

Delhi police busted two godowns of illegal firecrackers and seized a consignment worth Rs 27 lakh on Monday. The Crime Branch received a tip-off on October 14 regarding illegal storage of firecrackers at K N Gupta Complex, Sarai Rohilla, north Delhi. A raid was conducted and 1,185 kg firecrackers were seized.

Playing with fire: Ahead of Diwali, illegal hoarding of crackers is
common. File pic

Via another such tip-off on October 16, police came to know that firecrackers were illegally stored in a godown at A-Block, Vidhya Vihar, Uttam Nagar as well. The premises were raided and 1,530 kg firecrackers were seized.

"Cases under appropriate sections were registered and the accused were identified as Prashant Khandelwal (27) and Kapil Tyagi (32). During interrogation, Khandelwal said he runs a hosiery shop at Sarai Rohilla while Tyagi runs a stationery shop at Uttam Nagar," said Ashok Chand, DCP, Crime and Railways.

He said, "Both said they earned a good profit by sale of firecrackers earlier also." Firecrackers are highly combustible and a major fire hazard. With just a few days left for Diwali, many more such cases of illegal storage are expected to come to light.

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