Hassan: As many as 172 anti-social elements were taken into custody as a preventive measure here on Monday. Cases were registered against two Congress activists for disfiguring public places. Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra said the cases were registered in the Chennarayapatna police station. He said 18 cases had been booked against various people for violating the Excise Act. Nineteen people had been arrested and liquor worth Rs. 53,000 seized. In Arehalli, a case had been registered against Shankarachar for storing 150 kg of sulphur exceeding the permitted 12.5 kg. — Staff Correspondent