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Kali lights up town
- Revellers ignore cracker ban

Siliguri, Nov. 1: Diwali was celebrated on a grand scale here today.

The entire town wore a festive look with brilliantly-lit streets and thoroughfares. Most shop fronts were brightly decorated with marigolds and streamers.

As evening fell, thousands of people began thronging the pandals to offer their prayers to Goddess Kali.

In most places, Diwali revellers merrily flouted the ban on high-decibel fire-crackers. 'We know we may be hauled up by police if we burst these (high-decibel 'chocolate bombs'), but then what is Diwali without crackers,' said Dipankar Sarkar, a youth of Jyotinagar on Sevoke Road.

The police had carried out an intensive drive against the sale of fire-crackers in the lead up to the festival and senior residents of the town acknowledged their effort. 'Thanks to the police, the level of noise pollution this year is far below that of previous years,' said Indranil Das, a resident of Deshbandhupara.

In a noble gesture, Ramakrishna Biyam Shiksha Sangha, the organisers of the puja near Panitanki More, donated winter wear to the boarders of a home run by North Bengal Council for Disabled.

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