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Ban fails to defuse Chinese fireworks.

New Delhi's war on smuggled fireworks, and especially on dangerous Chinese- made, is far from over.

Forget far- flung towns and cities, the national Capital itself has been unable to enforce the ban on imported firecrackers that an India Today TV investigation found have inundated the city's wholesale markets ahead of Diwali.

Special teams, police patrols and surprise raids notwithstanding, Chinese ' Pop Pop' bang snaps swamped Sadar Bazaar and Jama Masjid markets, India Today TV's undercover reporter observed.

Most of them were found to be packed in their trademark yellow boxes but with fake ' Made in India' stamps. They carried no batch number, manufacturing date or MRP.

China's friction- sensitive Pop Pops are believed to be highly dangerous because of their substandard composition and packaging.

As many as 2,500 snappers are tightly packed in a rectangular box. The tiny fuse- less explosives can mass- detonate and cause serious injuries, if the box drops accidentally or is pressured. " These crackers are made in India. But we cannot keep them here.

They can explode any time," admitted a fireworks wholesaler in Sadar.

Still, he said he had stocked them in his secret, makeshift warehouse. " We can show you our stock," he told India Today TV 's reporter. But the banned devices were seen on full display at other outlets.

Even hawkers and underage boys peddled them in Jama Masjid and Sadar markets, the investigative journalist found.

A cardboard case carrying 50 matchbox- sized containers was priced at ` 500.

" How much is it for 100 boxes?" the reporter, posing as a customer, asked a wholesaler. " It's ` 47,500," replied the storeowner, suggesting discounts and supplies were no issue.

He even promised to organise 2,000 boxes of Pop Pops in 30 minutes. Their forged ' Made In India' stamp was aimed at deceiving customers wary of Chinese products because of Beijing's support to Islamabad, said a shopkeeper.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Oct 30, 2016
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