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Friend’s misfiring may affect Rahul Bhatt’s application for firearm licence

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:32 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

The misfire incident at actor Mallika Sherawat’s brother Vikram Lamba’s Versova residence on Sunday is likely to mar filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul’s prospects of obtaining firearm licence from the Mumbai police, as he was present with Lamba during the incident.

On Sunday, Lamba’s .45 mm licensed firearm had misfired when he was reportedly cleaning the weapon. The bullet went through the window glass panes of a nearby training institute, injuring a student after shreds of shattered glass hit him. Lamba was arrested by the Versova police, who recorded Rahul’s statement before letting him off.

Highly placed sources in the Mumbai police told HT that though Rahul had nothing to do with the misfiring, it will have a bearing on his application for obtaining a licence for firearm. Rahul had recently moved an application for a firearm licence on grounds that he could be a possible target of the underworld, as his father had long been targeted by the mafia for his frank view against criminals.

“Rahul had once befriended alleged American-Pakistani terror operative David Coleman Headley. Though he was cleared of any charge, the alliance was taken into consideration when his application for a firearm license was considered. The Versova incident has just added up to that,” sources added.

Additional commissioner of police, West region, Vishwas Nangre Patil, said: “Considering the present case, we will review his application.”