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High Court  of Kerala bans bursting of firecrackers  at religious places of worship(RPW)

By  our  legal Correspondent
Kochi, Nov 04 (IVC)    The High Court  of Kerala  on Nov 03 ordered a  ban on bursting of firecrackers   in religious  places of worship at odd hours.
Justice Amit  Rawal  while  passing the  order  observed  that  prima facie  there  was  no commandment in any  holy book  to  burst  crackers to  please God.
The  court  directed all District Collectors and District  Police Chiefs  to  issue  instructions  to  all religious  places  of worship  in the State  in this regard.
The  Court  also directed all  Deputy  Collectors to conduct searches  with the assistance of police  in all the religious  places  of worship and  seize firecrackers  found stored  illegally. The court  passed  the  on a writ  petition filed  by Binoj  Kumar  and other residents  of Maradu , near Thripunithura , alleging that  indiscriminate fireworks displays using heavy explosives  at  Kottaram Bhagavathy Temple  during February-March  period  every  year  caused environmental  pollution  and posed  threat to buildings  of nearby residents.  The  windows  of buildings   and cars were  shattered  under  the impact of  the explosions , the petitioners submitted.
They  pointed  out that  government  school grounds  adjacent to the temple were  being used  for the fireworks displays.  The school  premises were dug up for  the  purpose, incurring  huge  costs  for renovations.  The  organizers  were  using the school  grounds  without the permission of  the  school  authorities.  In fact , the use of   school  premises  for purposes  other  than education  was  per  se  illegal, the petitioners said.
Moreover  heavy explosives  like dynamites were  being used  for the display.  The explosion of dynamite  during  the fireworks  infringed the  right  of  the  petitioners  to  life guaranteed  under  Article 21  of  the  Constitution.
The  petitioners  had  every right  to  live  peacefully  without the  fear  of any damage  or danger  to their  life  and properties.  They   alleged  that the decade-old  fireworks displays had  claimed three  lives  in the past  and caused  injuries  to several  persons.  The main objective  of the organizers was   to  make    profit out  of collecting  huge amounts as  contribution to  exhibit  fireworks.

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