Notices have been issued to all police stations, directing them to ask arms licence holders to deposit their weapons. The Election Commission had already directed the Punjab police to collect the weapons to maintain law and order during election.
The Fatehgarh Sahib police claimed to have collected around 70 per cent weapons from the district. The police said that they had already given a deadline to weapon holders and asked them to deposit their weapons before April 2.
A senior officer said that a total of 5579 licences had been issued and 4406 weapons had been collected.
Station House Officers(SHOs) have been told to make announcements in their areas to make sure that weapons were deposited well in time.
An SHO said that they had been requesting the gurdwaras to make public announcements so that people should get information about depositing their weapons on time.
Talking to HT, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said they would recommend the cancellation of the licence and initiate criminal proceedings against the violators.