AHEAD of Maharashtra Assembly polls scheduled on October 15, Mumbai police launched a drive which has led to 288 weapons being surrendered so far. To thwart any move by people with criminal background to disrupt peace or poll-related activities, Mumbai police have arrested or detained about 4,800 anti-social elements under relevant sections of Bombay Police Act.
According to a top official, to ensure fair and peaceful polling soon after the election schedule is announced, 288 people have submitted their firearms. Going by the previous records, Mumbai Police, on an average, receives about 350 firearms ahead of elections.
All firearms so deposited shall be returned to the licence holders one week after the declaration of results.
Meanwhile, Mumbai police have arrested 13 persons and recovered as many firearms besides 29 `live’ cartridges, the day when the poll code of conduct came into force.