<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State police have served non-bailable warrants against more than 9,500 persons facing trial in various criminal cases as part of a special drive launched for the arrest of wanted and proclaimed offenders ahead of the polls.A release by the additional DGP and State Level Nodal Officer for force deployment, Mohan Jha stated local police have traced and served NBWs against 9,565 persons with an aim to curb criminal activities and create a conducive atmosphere for conduct of free and fair elections.It said preventive action has been initiated against 29,000 people under the Criminal Procedure Code, and various other laws. “There are 56,406 licensed arms in the state for self protection, which are to be deposited during the electoral process. Of these, 24,268 arms have already been deposited. The commissioners of police and district collectors have been instructed to constitute city / district level screening committees to screen the applications from licensees seeing exemptions,” it said.The release further said Police and District Election Officers have formed 540 flying squads, set up 90 border check-posts, and 500 check-posts at entry-exit points on inter-district borders and strategic locations to restrict movement of liquor, drugs, illegal arms, and to arrest wanted offenders.According to the release, the Karai Police Academy is imparting role-based training to police officers to deal with general law and order management, election expenditure monitoring, polling station security, quick reaction teams, among others in view of the elections.”A short training programme is also being conducted for home guards and Gram Rakshak Dal to assist local police. Arrangements are also being made for postal ballot of all police personnel, home guards and others who are going to be deployed for poll duty,” the release added.