Hailakandi admn asks gun licence holders to deposit arms

The Hailakandi district administration in south Assam has asked all licence gun holders to deposit their arms with their respective police stations in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

By an order issued on Friday, district magistrate Keerthi Jalli asked superintendent of police, Mohneesh Mishra to initiate the process for surrendering of arms by the licensed holders in order to ensure free and fair elections in the district.

The order has been issued by the district magistrate as per the Election Commission's directives on 'Restriction on Possession of Arms during Election'.

Mishra has directed all the officers-in-charge (OCs) of police stations in the district to take necessary action to get the licensed arms deposited in their respective police stations, said a government release here.

The administration will also keep an eye on persons with criminal antecedents, those convicted, or out on bail so that they cannot vitiate the atmosphere during the elections, the release said.