Mumbai: Two minors were booked by Trombay Police on Wednesday for violating the Supreme Court guidelines on bursting of firecrackers. The minors were bursting crackers late on Tuesday at Maharashtra Nagar, Mankhurd. The Supreme Court had said, during Diwali, firecrackers can only be burst between 8pm and 10 pm.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered by a builder, Shakil Ahmed Abdul Rashid Shaikh, 37. Shaikh was disturbed on Tuesday night, at 12.10 am when the two minors were bursting crackers at PPL colony near buildings 16 and 17 at Maharashtra Nagar. He called out to the children, telling them that it was late in the night and requested them to stop bursting crackers. But they did not comply. After Shaikh’s request, they reportedly burst ten more firecrackers.

Shaikh called the control room and informed police about the incident. When the beat marshals visited the building, the two minors fled. According to Shaikh’s statement to the police, when the beat marshals came to the spot, Shaikh called out from his window. However, the beat marshals did not hear him. So, he approached the on-duty officers at the police station to file a complaint. As per the complaint, Shaikh suspects that the children could be residents of building 30.

Baban Kute, police inspector attached to Trombay police said, “Shaikh has submitted the video-recording of the children illuminating the crackers and submitted it as evidence. The two unknown children have been booked for disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant (Section 188) of the Indian Penal Code.

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