Accused's arms license violation of MCC, says kin of slain Punjab drug inspector

The victim's family alleged that Balwinder Kumar was issued the license for a pistol after March 10 when the model code of conduct had come into force.

Published: 04th April 2019 10:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2019 12:46 AM   |  A+A-

Neha Shorie, senior official with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar. (Photo | Twitter)

Neha Shorie, senior official with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar. (Photo | Twitter)

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's chief electoral officer Thursday sought an "exhaustive" report from the Rupnagar district election officer after the family of woman drug officer, who was shot dead, claimed a violation of the model code of conduct in issuing an arms license to the accused.

"We will see whether MCC violations have taken place (in matter pertaining to issuance of an arms license)," said Punjab CEO S Karuna Raju here.

He informed that the family members of Neha Shoree, the deceased drug officer, had filed an application on Wednesday evening, alleging the violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) in the issuance of an arms license to murder accused Balwinder Kumar.

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The family alleged that Balwinder Kumar was issued the license for a pistol after March 10 when the model code of conduct had come into force.

The CEO said he had also issued directions to all the CEOs in Punjab, seeking information on whether any new arms license was issued or any renewals were done after the MCC had kicked in.

After the announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha polls, the MCC came into force on March 10 following which all the licensed weapons were to be deposited with police stations or gun houses.

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As per guidelines of the Election Commission, the issue of license for arms should be prohibited during the period commencing with the date of announcement of elections. This ban continues to be operative till the completion of the elections.

On March 29, Balwinder Kumar had allegedly shot dead 35-year old Neha Shoree with his .32 bore pistol at her office in Punjab's Kharar. Later, he shot himself and succumbed to injuries.

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