Despite the strict orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, allowing the bursting of crackers on Diwali between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm, the residents in Chandigarh are still bursting crackers with impunity even though the deadline of 9.30 pm has expired. And the Chandigarh Police are nowhere to be seen at least in the society in which I live.
Interestingly people have little regard for the law of the land as became evident yesterday when a law-abiding citizen in a residential society in Sector 51 requested children not to burst crackers at 11 am. When they did not listen, the citizen called the police. However, most of the Society members have started blaming the citizen for calling the cops.
And the father of the kids has threatened to lodge a complaint against the citizen for keeping a dog in his flat and another trivial complaint or the other to make his living difficult. The father also commented to the law-abiding citizen that the “law has no meaning” and he and his kids will burst crackers throughout the night and who will stop them.
Will the Punjab and Haryana High Court initiate suo moto action with regard to violation of its orders regarding bursting of crackers and “non-implementation by the Chandigarh Police and the Chandigarh Administration? Till the writing of this report, the police have not made any announcement asking the people, not to burst crackers as the deadline is over.