Poll time proving great time for arms dealers
Arms dealers here are having a field day, as licenced weapon owners have been left with no option but to deposit their arms with them as per the orders of the election commission after the imposition of the model code of conduct.punjab Updated: Mar 31, 2014 23:20 IST
Arms dealers here are having a field day, as licenced weapon owners have been left with no option but to deposit their arms with them as per the orders of the election commission after the imposition of the model code of conduct.
As no fee has been fixed by the administration for depositing the arms with the dealers, they are charging at will ranging between `800-1,000 per weapon.
Though arms owners have the option to deposit their weapons at police stations of their respective areas, but due to alleged apathetic attitude of police authorities and lack of proper care, they are prefering to deposit their weapons with private arms dealers.
"If they were issued arms licences after proper scrutiny of their character and for their self-defence, then why, during each poll, they are deprived of their arms, when they need them most", questioned Charanjit Sharma, a resident of Bazidpur village.
"Following instructions from the administration, arms holders are bound to deposit their weapons but no one initiates any action against those anti-social elements who are keeping illegal weapons. They are a greater threat to the people, especially in isolated areas. Who would ensure their security," questioned Bhagwant Singh of Talwandi Bhai.
DC Manjit Singh Narang said that, during polls, sometimes even a clash over a trivial issue could take a serious turn and to ensure security of the common man and maintain law and order, all weapons have to be deposited with the administration or arms dealers. "Those, who perceive any threat perception, can apply for exemption of weapons during polls and exemption can be given keeping in view the security guidelines," added Narang.
"Arms holders should deposit their weapons at respective police stations and, in case of any problem, they must bring it into his knowledge," said Manminder Singh, SSP.