68% arms licence holders in Jalandhar submit their weapons
As many as 68% arms licence holders have deposited their weapons with the police in the six municipal councils and two nagar panchayats that will go to polls in the district on February 25.punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2015 21:50 IST
As many as 68% arms licence holders have deposited their weapons with the police in the six municipal councils and two nagar panchayats that will go to polls in the district on February 25.
The details gathered from sources reveal that there are a total of 859 arms license holders come in the jurisdiction of Nakodar, Alawalpur, Nurmahal, Kartarpur, Phillaur, Adampur councils and the two nagar panchayats of Mehatpur and Lohian.
Till February 19, 588 licence holders had submitted their weapons with respective police stations.
Strict instructions have been issued to all police stations, directing them to ask people to submit their weapons in the wake of polls. The state election commission had already directed the Punjab police to collect the weapons to maintain law and order during election.
As per the details, Nakodar council has the maximum number of arms licence holders at 245 out of which 195 have deposited their weapons while Lohian has only 52 holders out of which 50 have submitted their weapons.
Adampur municipal council which is more sensitive than other councils has 105 licence holders out of which only 45 have submitted their weapons to the police.
Station House Officers (SHOs) have been directed to make announcements in their areas to make sure that weapons are deposited before the polls.
Official said that those who fail to submit weapons their licences will be cancelled and the police will initiate proceedings against them.
Meanwhile, 121 booths have been set up for polls in six councils and two nagar panchayats out of which 26 booths have been declared hyper sensitive and 42 sensitive.
A DSP rank officer along with SHOs and team members will be present at the booths under the supervision of a team of both ADCs and two superintendents of police.
On Friday, election observer AS Miglani held a meeting with officials of district administration and police at the administrative complex and said that elections will be organised in a free and fair manner.
Meanwhile, in Nawanshahr district, 50% of the arms licence holders in Banga, Nawanshahr and Rahon councils have submitted their weapons with the police.