LS polls: Cops crack down on illicit liquor, weapons
New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha polls around the corner, the Delhi Police has started a crackdown on the illegal weapons, liquors in the city. In a crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner also reviewed the progress report of the weekly monitoring items for forthcoming general elections.
Police sources told Millennium Post from December 24, 2018 to February 21 this year, 39245.84 litres of illicit liquors, 28 can beer and 110 beer bottles were recovered. The law enforcement agency also recovered 304 knives, 254 live and 11 empty cartridges. In a crime review meeting, the top cop Amulya Patnaik reviewed the weekly progress report of the recoveries of these items. "He also told senior officers that there should stern action against misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers and other electoral malpractices," sources further added.
According to Delhi Police data from December 2018 to February 10, as many as 31,186 calls were received regarding loudspeakers. As many as 53 arms were deposited and 914 were verified. In the meeting, the discussion was also made to review and assessment of all licensed arms holders and deposition.
Sources further said that during the period from December 24, 2018 to February 21, more than 15,000 vehicles were checked. As many as 791 actions were taken under CrPc whereas under DP Act 10,678 actions were taken. In the meeting, the discussion also focussed on the list of persons involved in booth capturing, impersonation, intimidation of voters in the past two elections. "Focus was also given on special drive against history sheeters, proclaimed absconders and fugitive criminals," sources said.
Police claimed that as many as 9,179 history sheets are on record. In the current year, 106 history sheets were opened and 106 are under process. According to Delhi Police, they have taken several initiatives to curb crime which includes patrolling and picket checking.
"In 988 pickets (314–permanent and 674–temporary) more than 42,000 buses and TSR and 2,45,732 two-wheelers were checked till the last few weeks of February," sources said. The picket staff had recovered 46 firearms, while 97 firearms were recovered by beat staff and 229 firearms by other staff.