In wake of growing incidents of people misusing their licenced weapons for unlawful activities, the district police have shortlisted 15 cases wherein the licences will be cancelled.
This decision has been necessitated after the incident of firing in phase 6 SAS Nagar on Thursday over parking of vehicles. About 15 cases have been reported in the district over the last eight months, where residents were found misusing their licenced weapons.
"We have impounded the .32 bore revolver recovered from Jatinderjit Singh, who was involved in the Thursday firing incident and was arrested on Friday. We will be recommending cancellation of his arms licence," said Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, SAS Nagar. The police also recovered four live cartridges from the accused, who had been on the run after the incident.
Jatinderjit has been booked under sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 427 (mischief causing damage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian penal code along with various sections of arms Act. "Such firing incidents inculcate fear among the residents and investigations in most cases have revealed that accused use licenced weapons. We would be initiating a campaign to cancel licences of people found misusing their weapons. Arms licences are issued for self-protection and not to spread panic," added Bhullar.
He said: "Around 15 cases of firing were reported over the last 8 months and investigations revealed that the weapons used by the accused were licenced. We are compiling a list of such cases where cancellation of licences would be recommended."
Jatinderjit Singh, a resident of phase 6, allegedly fired two shots from his licenced weapon to burst the tyres of his neighbour's vehicle parked outside his house. The vehicle is owned by Gurpreet Singh, a government teacher posted at Kaimbala village, Chandigarh. The case was registered on the complaint of 50-year-old Manjit Kaur.
I was angry: Jatinderjit
"I fired in anger and to ensure that Gurpreet did not park his vehicle outside my gate," accused Jatinderjit Singh told the police on Friday. "He used to park his vehicle outside my house, blocking my entrance. I had asked him a couple of times not to park the vehicle here, but he paid no heed," said Jatinderjit during the preliminary questioning. "On Thursday, when I saw the vehicle parked again, I lost my cool and fired at the car to puncture the tyres so that he refrained from parking in front of my house," he said.