The burgeoning illegal arms trade in India is posing a great threat to its security with 12 people dying every day due to armed violence in the country, says a report.
"As per UN figures, India is home to a whopping 40 million fire weapons today," says the paper titled India and the Arms Trade Treaty issued by Oxfam, a confederation of 12 NGOs campaigning against such arms.
"But there is no mechanism to check how many of these weapons are illegal or what is the total value of this business," says Binalakshmi Nepram, Oxfam's policy advisor and author of the paper.
The paper says 12 people die in India every day due to armed violence and calls for urgent measures to check the inflow of weapons into the country.
The problem is even more rampant in insurgency-hit states. A total of 36,273 AK series assault rifles, 996 universal machine guns and 774 rocket launchers have been recovered from militants only in Jammu and Kashmir in the last decade, it says.
"The problem has reached such proportions that the arms captured only in Jammu and Kashmir can equip four to five battalions in India," says Air Commodore (retired) Prashant Dikshit, a defence analyst.