GUWAHATI, March 15 - Preventive arrests of 868 suspected trouble mongers were made, who were subsequently released on the execution of bonds after promising good behaviour as part of the Election Commission�s exercise to conduct free and fair polls.
Further, 1,479 non-bailable warrants (NBWs) have already been executed after the announcement of elections in the State.
�Although 5,000-odd NBWs are yet to be executed, action against the majority of the listed possible intimidators has already been taken. Of the 1,466 listed possible intimidators, action has already been taken against 1,177 of them,� said Additional Chief Election Officer Nitin Khare, while briefing mediapersons here this afternoon.
�So far we have received five nominations and we are leaving no stone unturned to prevent use of money or muscle power in the ensuing polls,� Khare said, adding that as of now a total of 1,913 polling stations have been notified as critical ones.
He also informed that till date 631 hamlets have been identified as vulnerable although the dynamics can change with every passing day.
He informed that as many as 355 teams are on the job to enforce the model code of conduct for the ensuing Assembly polls across the State. Besides, 361 static surveillance teams, 394 flying squads and 312 check-posts have also been set up in strategic locations to ensure conduct of free and fair election, which begins on April 4 (first phase).
Khare said that a cash amount of Rs 6,034,188 had been recovered, and of the total 32,237 licensed arms, 23,323 of them have been deposited.
�Also, 57 illegal fire arms and 172 illegal ammunition have been recovered. Apart from that, 1,79,853 litres of illicit liquor, including unlicensed Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) have been seized,� Khare said.
Khare also said that any individual or political party willing to disseminate bulk SMSs or voice messages will have to secure approval from the certification committee concerned and in this regard notices have been served to the political parties as well as the telecom companies.
Notices have been served to news channel and FM stations as well.