Gurgaon police recommends CBI probe in fake arms licence case
Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar wrote to the state DGP recommending a CBI takeover of investigationgurgaon Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:50 IST
The Gurgaon police has recommended to the state police that the fake arms licenses case unearthed on February 11, 2017, be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as it involves the role of multiple government agencies and is spread in other states too.
Police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, in a letter to the state DGP BS Sandhu, said that apart from police officers, CRPF employees, customs agents and several other agencies have been found to be in involved in the racket.
He has also recommended that the CBI take over a similar case in which a customs agent allegedly tried to import a weapon in the name of a Gurgaon-based shooter using fake documents and papers. The shooter, Suraj Rao, had no idea that a weapon was being imported in his name.
The fake arms licence racket, allegedly led by Manish Bhardwaj, was exposed when a complaint was made to joint commissioner Sibash Kabiraj, who then ordered an investigation that revealed the entire nexus. A case was registered at Civil Lines police station on February 11 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to the Gurgaon police, the special investigation team investigating the case has so far seized 50 weapons, a majority of which were found to be good quality arms and were either smuggled from abroad or were replicas of the original. These weapons were obtained from Khurja and Modi Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh from three people identified as Rehan Ansari and Kurban Ansari from Khurja and Naveen from Modi Nagar. All three are still at large, police added.
Eight people have been arrested so far — Bhardwaj, who was arrested from Chandigarh airport, Mohan Lal, a master document maker, and Sunny Kant, both residents of Gurgaon. Mathura residents Gaurav Kumar Gaur and Sonu Sharma have also been held apart from three police officers— inspector Jasmer Singh, sub-inspector Virender Kumar and head constable Mahesh Kumar.
It has been revealed that a large number of fake licences were re-registered in Gurgaon on the basis of fake NOCs from Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states.
Police added that the role of three CRPF officials, who are also renowned shooters, has also surfaced in connection with this racket, thus complicating the matter.
The police has also recovered fake custom clearing stamps from five of the people arrested.
The commissioner has also recommended another case to be sent to the CBI. The case was registered on April 14, 2017 against Hardeep Bedi, a customs clearing agent for a foreign gun manufacturer.
Bedi had allegedly purchased an air pistol using fake documents in the name of Rao, who is the complainant in the case. Bedi’s role has also been revealed in several other such cases.
“These cases are complex and there is a possibility of a larger racket being involved. Also, the role of multiple agencies has to be probed to ensure that this matter is brought to a conclusion,” said Khirwar.