SHILLONG: The Supreme Court of India in Civil Writ Petition No. 728 of 2015 has prohibited the bursting of crackers beyond the two hours stipulated time during all the major festivals including the ensuing Deepawali Festival. The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills District has directed all citizens to strictly comply with the directions. Any deviance from the orders would invite strict action as per law.
The timings for bursting of low decibel crackers have been fixed from 8 pm to 10 pm only, in the entire District. Further, any bursting of crackers for religious, social or cultural purposes would necessitate the groups concerned to obtain necessary permission in writing from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, failing which, the group concerned will be held personally responsible for their acts which are in contravention of the Supreme Court’s Order, stated an official release.
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