.........BHUBANESWAR: Director General of Police Dr RP Sharma on Tuesday asked all police districts to launch a crack down against sale of fire crackers emitting noise more than 65 decibel.
Issuing an advisory to the SPs and DCPs, the police chief said only permitted and branded fire crackers must be allowed for sale. Illegal sale of crackers and fireworks, unregulated use as well as display pose serious threat to safe celebration of Diwali and must be stopped, he said.
Emergency and fire-fighting measures around hospitals and dispensaries must be made on immediate basis.
He also instructed the SPs of Bhadrak, Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur districts to beef up crowd control measures around mandaps in view of Kali Puja celebrations. The advisory also said the conditions imposed by licensing authorities for setting up of cracker shops must be strictly adhered to.
The SPs and DCPs have been asked to collaborate with health and district administrations to put in place ambulance, burn and emergency ward establishment as well as functioning.
“Use and display of fireworks may cause irritation and provocation leading to communal conflicts in sensitive areas. Strict surveillance be maintained and advance intelligence should be collected,” the advisory said adding, advance patrolling should be introduced.
Similarly, monitoring must be mounted in areas where there is a history of chronic dispute among localities.