OVER 97% LICENSED ARMS DEPOSITED AHEAD OF PUNJAB ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
Complying to directions of Election Commission of India (ECI), as many as 3,76,542 licensed weapons have been deposited in the state ahead of Punjab Assembly Elections, scheduled to be held on February 20, 2022, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju here on Wednesday.
He said that this is 97.43 percent of the total 3,90,275 licensed weapons in the state. Whereas, 72 without licensed weapons were seized in the state, he added. He said that some of the persons having licenced weapons including security personnel at nationalised/private banks and other persons facing security issues will have to approach the Deputy Commissioner for any genuine exemptions and complaint redressal.
Dr Raju also informed that after the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the state for Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, various enforcement teams have seized valuables worth Rs 313.44 crores in violation of code till February 1, 2022.
Giving details, he said that the surveillance teams have seized 28.91 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 15.49 crore. Similarly, the enforcement wings have also recovered psychotropic substances amounting to Rs 276.51 crores besides confiscating unaccounted cash of Rs 20 crores, he added.
The Chief Electoral Officer revealed that as many as 1209 vulnerable hamlets have been identified. Besides this, 2906 persons have been identified as probable sources of trouble, he said adding that out of these persons preventive action had already been initiated against 1990 persons while the remaining would also be brought to book. He also informed that from a security point of view 891 persons have been bound down under preventive sections of CrPC act.
He informed that as many as 2731 cases of non-bailable warrants have been executed, while execution in 15 cases is under process. As many as 16448 nakas are operational across the State, he added.