While the city largely abided by the Supreme Court order restricting bursting of crackers to two hours on Deepavali, the police have booked as many as 359 cases for violating the restrictions. As many as 2,179 cases were booked across the state.
The Ambattur police district recorded the highest number with 70 cases booked in Pattabiram, Avadi, Poonamallee and Ambattur. Whereas in Adyar district, 38 cases were booked in which three were from Tiruvanmiyur. In Kilpauk district, 13 cases were booked in Vepery, Ayanavaram and Kilpauk ranges. In T Nagar, 19 cases of violating cracker ban were booked, while three such cases were booked in Royapettah range in Mylapore district. While more than 15,000 police personnel were deployed across the city on Deepavali day, Commissioner A K Viswanathan visited Koyambedu and T Nagar to monitor the security measures and distributed sweets to police personnel on duty.
It is said that there was a confusion among many police officers about the Section under which these cases could be booked. After consultation with higher officials, the cases were booked under Section 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of IPC.
Despite the number of cases, no arrest has been made in the city. When contacted, a senior official said that it will be decided whether arrests are necessary in such cases after a detailed discussion in the department.