CHANDIGARH: The Static Surveillance Team of the CEO Punjab has confiscated two vehicles, carrying one case each of illicit liquor, belonging to two Police officials at Mohali.
Giving details of these catches, Special Chief Electoral Officer, Usha R Sharma said that Jagdeep Singh, DSP Crime was in the vehicle, which was stopped at the nakka, the driver ran away with the vehicle leaving the officer there. Later he was nabbed and a case of liquor was found in the vehicle, another vehicle Innova belonging to DSP Harbhajan Singh of IRB was also confiscated at Mohali along with a case of liquor. FIRs have been registered in both the cases and action was initiated against the drivers under Excise Act.
Keeping in view the ensuing elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on January 30, the Election Commission of India has declared complete prohibition in the state 48 hours before the date of polling and March 6, when counting takes place.Non-proprietary clubs, star hotels, restaurants etc and hotels having licenses for possession and supply of liquor would not be permitted to serve liquor on these days and all the liquor vends in Punjab would also remain closed. Storage of liquor by the individuals shall be curtailed and restrictions provided in the excise law on the storage of liquor in unlicensed premises shall be vigorously enforced, she added.
Clarifying on the opening of new account by the candidate, she said that although it was required for the candidate to furnish the details of the newly opened account to the Returning Officers but for want of this information their nominations papers would not be rejected.
She further said that in respect of the objections received in Form 7, after the final publication of electoral rolls on January 2, 2012 with 1-1-2012 as the qualifying date, the commission has directed that the names of only deceased voters would be deleted. The EROs shall prepare polling station wise list of all the remaining objections and give it to the Presiding Officer who shall thoroughly verify the identity of the said voter at the time of polling. The applications received in other forms the EROs shall take action as per ECI’s instructions.
Giving details of the complaints, Ms. Sharma said that the CEO has received 1210 complaints regarding the violation of code of conduct out of which 550 have been disposed off. Besides that, 167066 licensed arms have been deposited. As many as 42 unlicensed arms and 130 ammunition were seized and 7720 Non-bailabale warrants have been executed.