The Mandya district police have informed all licensed firearm holders in the district to deposit their weapons immediately with the jurisdictional police or at the office of the Superintendent of Police here till the completion of the Assembly elections.

As many as 516 licensed firearms had been deposited with the police so far.

“As many as 863 people have obtained arms licence in Mandya. Of them, 516 have deposited their firearms,” Borase Bhushan Gulabrao, Superintendent of Police, Mandya, told The Hindu here on Thursday.

As many as 373 people have obtained arms licence in Mandya, 194 people in Srirangapatna, 296 people in Malavalli, he said.

The decision to collect firearms is aimed at ensuring free and fair polling and also to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, the police have take several habitual offenders and antisocial elements into preventive custody as a precautionary measure in the run-up to the elections.The police have formed special teams to look into complaints and initiate action against those violating the model code of conduct for the elections.