New Delhi: It is not only advertisers, bandwallah or flower vendors who are in high demand during elections in the country.
There is one more enterprise that makes the “killing” during the poll festival — the illegal arms industry.
Whenever there is election, hundreds of illegal arms manufacturers start working overtime to meet the huge demand for such weapons mainly from ‘bahubali’ politicians who believe in using the “bullet” to reach the power corridors.
Experts say the industry is flourishing in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
Former Intelligence Bureau chief Ajit Doval said the demand of illegal weapons increases substantially during elections.
“Several districts in these states have illegal manufacturers who supply arms during polls. Local candidates procure country-made pistols for booth-capturing or display of muscle-power,” he told PTI.
A high-ranking official from Jharkhand police agreed that such factories become more active during the polls with increasing demand of weapons from the Naxal outfits in the area that plan to disrupt the election process.
The Election Commission has directed states to launch a special drive against illegal arms and ammunition after a case of display of arms during a poll procession in Sultanpur district.