Nagpur: In view of upcoming Assembly elections and in accordance with High Court directives, Nagpur Police have formed a Screening Committee to scrutinize holders of licensed arms for ensuring peaceful elections. The Chairman of this Screening Committee will be the Commissioner of Police while Joint Commissioner of Police will be one of the members. Similarly, Additional Police Commissioner (South Division) will act as Member Secretary and the Additional District Magistrate will be Invitee. The Committee will deliberate on some finer points and then decide which holders of licensed arms should deposit their arms to the police during the period of Assembly election.
The people having criminal background or have released on bail should deposit their fire arms. Persons involved in violence during anytime but specifically during election period should also have to submit their arms.
Apart from these points, the licensed arms deemed necessary by police during election period. The work of Screening Committee will begin the day elections are announced and the formalities will be completed for those licensed arms deposited before issuance of notification. Licensed Arms Officer, after receiving report of Screening Committee, will issue notices to licensed arms holders asking them to deposit their arms before the date of withdrawal. If the licensed arms are not deposited, action will be taken under Section 188 of the IPC. The holders of licensed arms will to deposit their arms at concerned police stations within 7 days after receiving notice and the Police Station Officer will give acknowledgement receipt.
If the holders of licensed arms fail to deposit their arms in accordance with notice, action will be taken under Section 188 of the IPC. The deposited licensed arms will be returned to concerned holders seven days after declaration of election results.
Decision of Screening Committee will be final.