MANGALDAI, March 16 - Elections can�t be free and fair till any individual possesses a fire weapon and notorious criminals of the area move freely under the sky. Keeping a serious watch on the issue, the Election Commission of India directs each and every district election authority to ensure deposition of all licensed fire weapons with the administration. Similarly, the authorities are to bring all criminals having non bailable court warrants (NBW) behind the bars. These directions of the ECI have been followed very effectively till date.
Talking to this correspondent Superintendent of Police, Darrang Amrit Bhuyan said, �We started executing pending cases of NBW since the last month of February. The total number of cases were 329, with the cases pending since 2012-13. However, we have executed around 60 per cent of them in quick time and now the number of cases left to be executed are 151. Still we have another month in hand and we are hopeful of executing a majority of them.�
On the other hand, out of the total 1137 licensed fire weapons at the individual level, 1127 have already been deposited in the respective police stations. �We made an appeal to the people possessing licensed fire arms to get their guns deposited at respective police stations and the response has been very good. Except ten guns in the Kharupetia area, all the rest have been deposited�, Bhuyan said.
Meanwhile, the Darrang administration since the day the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect, has removed 185 hoardings raised in different government or public premises in which photographs or slogans of ministers or any political parties were displayed. The Revenue Circle level MCC monitoring cell led by the respective five Circle Officers of Mangaldoi election district have also removed 278 banners, 555 posters and erased nine wall writings in addition to the hoardings. This was informed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of the district Kalpana Deka.