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Persons facing criminal charges issued arms licenses

Buxar is flooded with numerous complaints of license being given to persons facing charges of kidnapping, murder, etc, reports Ramashankar.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 20:09 IST

Arms licenses for carrying out abduction, loot, murder and dacoity!

Sounds incredible but Buxar is flooded with numerous complaints of license being given to persons facing charges of serious offences like kidnapping, murder, loot and dacoity.

The official, who allegedly issued licenses to persons with criminal antecedents, is none other than former Buxar District Magistrate Rashid Ahmad Khan. He is currently posted as secretary, State Minority Welfare Department.

The alleged discrepancy in issuing arms license came to light recently when Buxar Superintendent of Police Paresh Saxena got information that a notorious criminal of the district, Krishna Singh, had been given an arms licenses. Krishna is facing charges of loot, dacoity, murder and extortion.

Krishna's name figured in the kidnapping of two cement traders from Buxar a few weeks ago. Though Krishna is a resident of Etarhi under Gopalpur police station, his affidavit mentioned him as a resident of Charitwan.

Likewise, Mukesh Singh, a resident of Mufassil police station, had been issued arms license despite the fact that several criminal cases were lodged against him.

Recently, the Buxar SP sought explanation from the officer-in-charge of Sikraul police station and Dumraon inspector for recommending the name of Sriram Tiwari for issuing arms license. Tiwari's brother Lakshman Tiwari had recently been murdered.

Shocked over licenses issued to persons with criminal antecedents, Saxena recommended cancellation of the licenses of all such persons.

In a letter to the Buxar District Magistrate, Saxena said it should be also probed under what circumstances they were given licenses.

Sources said that Khan, who was removed from Buxar by the Election Commission, granted permission for issuing licenses to over 90 persons when he was posted there for the second time in 2005. "Some of them were issued backdated licences," claimed a police officer.

The then Buxar SP, Amitabh Kumar Das, had also recommended cancellation of arms licence issued in the name of Nishar Ahmad, a ward councillor, for his alleged links with RJD MP, Mohammad Shahabuddin.

The RJD leader's campaign karwan-e-bedari at Buxar was cancelled on the recommendation of Das as a non-bailable warrant was pending execution against him. Ahmad was the organiser of the programme.

When contacted, Khan claimed that no licence had been issued without proper police verification. "The applications for arms licences were duly processed at the court held twice in a month. The applicants were required to appear before the court to represent their case either directly or through their advocates," he said.

Email Ramashankar: ramaashankaar@indiatimes.com