Illegal firecracker unit sealed in Baddi

ibune News Service

Solan, July 28

The Baddi police today sealed an illegal firecracker factory at Thana village in the industrial area and seized a huge cache of crackers and chemicals.

Factory owner Daya Karan was arrested last evening but workers managed to flee.

The SP, Baddi, Rohit Malpani, said, “A team of about 25 policemen, led by Baddi DSP Navdeep Singh, raided the factory following a tip-off about illegal operations. There was no signboard outside the factory and it was found locked though some workers were seen working inside”.

Alarmed at seeing the police, the workers locked the factory from inside and escaped from the other door. The police broke open the locks and found a large cache of firecrackers in various stages of manufacturing, 18 drums of nitric acid, seven drums of alcohol, 28 packaging machines, and other machinery on the premises. As many as 646 firecracker boxes, and 15 tonnes of silica sand were also found.

The factory owner, who was also present there, failed to produce the required licence to manufacture the firecrackers. The firecrackers bore the label Original Colours and there was no other detail on the packets.

A case under Section 286 of the IPC and Section 13 of the Explosives Act has been registered against him. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in five days’ police custody.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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