Over 30,000 illegal firearms are estimated in the city
Over 30,000 illegal firearms are estimated in the city. Hyderabad was one of the very few locations which constituted a special election cell, weeks before the Model Code of Conduct (MCoC) came into place.
The police had to pull out all the stops to take possession of firearms as mandated in the Model Code of Conduct. Despite a deadline of March 15 to deposit licensed firearms in view of the elections, just 20 per cent of the holders deposited the weapons well past the deadline after notices were issued to them. However, the threat of the use of illegal firearms still looms large across the city