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Cops reject MLA’s plea for gun licence

Faizan Haider, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 03, 2013
First Published: 01:25 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:27 IST(3/5/2013)

Bharat Singh, MLA from Najafgarh, who had survived an attack inside his Najafgarh office last year, does not seem to be fit to get a gun license or security cover. The Delhi Police, with whom, Singh had applied for gun license and security cover, have rejected his requests for both.

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According to sources, the special cell of the Delhi Police has claimed that Singh doesn't have any security threat and thus does not require security cover. "I have applied for a gun license three months ago and after verification and other procedures, the Delhi Police rejected my application. I have requested them again and they have assured to assess my application one more time," said Bharat Singh, who continues to stay indoor mostly even aftersix months after the attack.

Singh had also received a threatening call, the day he got out after recovering from injuries, and had lodged a police complaint.

"I was not informed by the special cell about rejection of the security cover. They have told me that they have sent the file to the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA). Considering the attack followed by threat calls, the Delhi Police should give me a license. For the security, I had requested for eight men, who will be with me for security," Singh added.

A Delhi police source admitted that they had received a request for the security and assessed his application.

"We did not fiund any security threat to his life," a special cell source said. Similarly the local police did an inquiry on providing him the gun license and raised objection for the same.

"We are not giving him the gun license and it is being rejected. The reason cannot be diswclosed at this point of time," a senior Delhi Police official, requesting anonymity said.

On June 2 last year, four armed assailants had entered Singh's office and opened fire at him.


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