Berhampu, Oct 26 (LocalWire) People of this city may have to celebrate this Diwali without firecrackers as the Balunkeswar market, one of the major firecracker markets in the state, was sealed by the police.
As many as 58 persons are doing the seasonal business ahead of Diwali every year.
However, police had seized all their stocks and sealed shops as they don’t have license to sell or stock firecrackers, police said.
Though the Ganjam district administration had given temporary permission to nine persons to sell firecrackers, they will also not able to sell as their shops too have been sealed by the police.
“We have seized all 58 shops and registered cases against 50 traders for illegally storing the firecrackers”, said inspector-in-charge, Goshani Nuagaon police station, Sumeet Soren.
Justifying their action, police said at least two fire accidents had taken place in the market in past in which one person died.
Meanwhile, the fire crackers association had moved the court seeking permission to sell firecrackers but the case is still pending.
“We will approach the district administration seeking permission to sell at least for one day on Diwali “, said one of the traders on condition of anonymity.
“We will sustain heavy loss due to our huge investment.
Literally it will be a dark Diwali for us, if we don’t get permission”, said another trader.
Besides catering to the demands in the town, the Balunkeswar market was supplying firecrackers to many other places in the state including Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Koraput, Phulabani and Rayagada.
The traders generally procure the firecrackers from Sivakasi and Raipur apart from the local made crackers with their seasonal business being around Rs 1.50 crore to Rs two crore every year, sources said.
Moreover, the residents will also miss a chance to buy the local made firecrackers this time as the police had seized a huge quantity of firecrackers and other related materials used for cracker making from Nalabanta, one of the major cracker manufacturing villages in the district, a few days ago and arrested five manufacturers.