Gwalior: In order to crackdown on the illegal manufacturers of firework ahead of Diwali, a team of the Sales Tax Department carried out raids on a large scale at godwons, shops and factories of various firms.

The firms were suspected of minting money without any legal formalities and the department is now expecting to recover huge revenue as the unpaid tax.

Deputy Commissioner IP Jain said, “Raids were conducted at major fireworks’ firms in the city: Nagpal Fireworks, Mahalakhsmi fireworks, Milan Fireworks, Kohinoor Fireworks and Mother India Fireworks.  Huge stocks of fireworks were recovered in the godowns and factories of these firms but no entries were found.”

On being asked about the legal documents, the firms failed to produce any. Since the illegal trading of fireworks comes to light only around Diwali, the raids were conducted to nab the culprits.