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EC puts curbs on parole to drug offenders during polls

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The (EC) has put restrictions on the to drug offenders during 2019 elections.

A for the here said on Thursday that the model code of conduct will apply in cases of release of convicts on

"If the considers that release of any convict on is absolutely essential for certain compelling reasons in that case, it shall consult the concerned before granting parole," the said, adding that the parole should be given in the cases of extreme emergency.

The person given parole will not be allowed to indulge in any election-related activities. The activities of such persons will be monitored by the police or drugs authority.

Drugs abuse in is rampant. The EC has pointed out earlier that use of drugs during elections is unique to Punjab, unlike other states.

Nearly 14,000 drugs offenders were arrested by various agencies in in the past two years.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 23:40 IST
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