Over 10,000 FIRs have been registered in Maharashtra between March 10 and April 11 for violation of model code of conduct in force for the April-May Lok Sabha polls. A top official of the state’s poll commission on Friday said a vast majority of the 10,397 FIRs registered were related to using liquor as voter inducement and possession of firearms. Also Read - Over 200 School Students, Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus in Maharashtra Hostel | Lockdown Likely?
“Almost 9,000 FIRs have been filed at various police stations in Maharashtra for storing and distributing illicit liquor. A total of 457 FIRs have been lodged for possession of firearms,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde told PTI. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Reports 8807 New Cases, 80 Deaths; Districts Asked to Ramp up Testing
“The rest pertains to drugs, unaccounted cash, gold etc,” Shinde added. Also Read - Coronavirus: Schools, Colleges, Coaching Institutes To Remain Shut till March 31 in Maharashtra’s Jalna
He said cases had also been registered with the police for violations like unauthorised banners, use of loudspeakers, inflammatory speeches and holding meetings without permission.
Polling for the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra is being held in four phases, the first of which was on April 11.
The next three phases are on April 18, 23 and 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.