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EC asks police to seize illegal arms

Taking cognisance of the violent incidents in different parts of the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 28, 2009 4:49:48 am

Taking cognisance of the violent incidents in different parts of the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the Election Commission (EC) has directed the Kolkata police and West Bengal Police to conduct a special drive in the city and across the state to seize illegal ammunition.

In the last three days,police have seized 26 arms,77 rounds of cartridges and 70 bombs from several places in the state capital alone.

The EC has already imposed Section 144 of the CrPc across the state till the elections are over.

As a result of which,people are debarred from carrying arms. Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen on Friday said that the commission has directed the state home department to stop issuing new licences for arms.

In case of old licences,the EC has directed the department to review all the old licence-holders who have had criminal history and were involved in rioting.

“In three days,the police have executed 2,314 pending warrants. However,62,130 warrants are still pending,” said Sen.

“We have also asked the police to book the habitual offenders under 116 and 107 of CrPC so that they can be tracked while the election is going on,” he added.

The officer also said habitual offenders will be made to sign some bonds with the local police station.

Considering the elections,1,442 people have already been booked across the state,Sen said.

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