With the model code of conduct coming into force on Monday following the announcement of elections to the local bodies, a number of precautionary measures were being taken to ensure free and fair polls.
District magistrate and Collector Dr S B Deepak Kumar on Tuesday said with a view to eliminating misuse of arms during the ensuing elections, no fresh licence for arms, revolvers, rifles would be given till the completion of election process.
Further, in order to ensure that the licensed weapons already available with the licence holder are not misused, the licence holders are instructed to deposit their licensed weapons immediately at the nearest police stations and obtain receipts.
The deposited weapons can be taken back after the polls are over, he added.
The District Collector also said possession and carrying of arms of any kind, fire-arms, spears, swords, sticks, brickbats, lathi, stones and other weapons by the general public has been prohibited under section 144 of the Cr PC with effect from Tuesday.