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No will to deposit arms, no place to keep them

Going by records, there are nearly 29,000 licensed weapons in the two districts, 17,000 in Muktsar and 12,000 in Faridkot, that are supposed to be deposited before every election as per the instructions of the Election Commission (EC) to ensure free and fair elections.

punjab Updated: Mar 23, 2014 10:46 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar

Going by records, there are nearly 29,000 licensed weapons in the two districts, 17,000 in Muktsar and 12,000 in Faridkot, that are supposed to be deposited before every election as per the instructions of the Election Commission (EC) to ensure free and fair elections.


But, under the present circumstances, getting the arms deposited has become a unpleasant job for both owners as well as the police. While owners of weapons are unwilling to go to police stations to deposit them, the police have no proper space to store them and arrangements for proper upkeep.

Weapon holders also allege that the influential people either delay or get exemptions to deposit their weapons, while common people have to deposit their weapons well in advance.

“The 17,000 weapons, supposed to be deposited before elections in Muktsar is sort of a gigantic task. The police have no proper strong rooms at police stations to keep the weapons safe.

Depositing them with private dealers is the other option, but they usually charge about Rs 500 and do not issue receipts for the amount charged,” said Sham Lal Goyal, president of consumer awareness group, Muktsar.

Secondly, he said, there was possibility of misuse of the weapons if they go missing. The policy of issuing licences has also been politicised. Hence, the need for improvement, Goyal said.