In order to ensure the conduct of a free and fair assembly and parliamentary polls in Sikkim, the state police has suspended all arms licences (Civil) and directed the licencees to desposit their arms and ammunitions and the licences at the nearest police station by April 4, an official release said on Wednesday.
The decision to suspend all arms licences (Civil) was taken by the Director General of Police (DGP) C M Raveendran, vide an order dated March 16 last, by invoking the powers conferred under section 17(3)(b) of the Arms Act, 1959, the release said.
The licencees of arms have been directed to desposit their arms and ammunition alongwith licences at the nearest police station by April 4 next and obtain receipts of proof, it said, adding the arms licences issued to the banks in the state of Sikkim would be out of the purview of the order.
The suspension of arms licences (civil) will remain in force till the conclusion of the election process, it said. Assembly and parliamentary elections in Sikkim will be held during the third phase the general elections on April 30 next.