Deposit arms at police stations: DC

Despite repeated reminders, about 7,000 people possessing arms have failed to deposit them with the police stations concerned till date. Today, Ludhiana District Magistrate cum District Election Officer Rahul Tiwari issued a public notice as per the instructions of Election Commission of India and asked them to get their arms deposited immediately.

The DC had set January 5 as the deadline to the police to get the arms deposited. It needs to be mentioned that as per the list, about 27,000 people have arms in the entire district and 17,000 were told to get them deposited. However till date only 10,000 done the same. The DC said, "Screening committees were to be formed for identification of persons possessing arms, which are yet to be deposited during the period of election. Ludhiana Commissioner of Police, SSP Khanna and SSP Ludhiana (Rural) have prepared lists of such persons which have been approved by the screening committee. The remaining persons have to be told to get the arms deposited soon."

Meanwhile it was also learnt that police stations do not even have proper space to store arms and it has now become a big headache for them to take care of the arms.

The respective SHOs however have also been instructed to approach these people to get their arms deposited.

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