Bringing further attention to massive lapses at the ground level of recruiting armed security guards, the Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP), on Wednesday, busted a racket of seven people who were issuing fake arms licences. Following the arrests, the GRP raided two places in Kurla and Grant Road and seized 10 rifles, seven cartridges and 27 fake arms licences along with rubber stamps of Arms Magistrate, Gopalganj, in Bihar.
Officials accosted Bharat Chandrama Singh, 37, who was spotted loitering suspiciously at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) station. When frisked, they found that he had two arms licences, both bearing his name and the stamp of the Arms Magistrate of Gopalganj. Singh admitted that both licences were fake and admitted that a fake licence racket was being run by him and six other individuals. He claimed that they would issue licences in lieu of money, charging Rs25,000 for a single bore gun and Rs35,000 for a double bore gun.
After Singh’s confession, the GRP conducted raids at Kurla’s Sambhaji Nagar and Grant Road areas and recovered 10 rifles of 12 bore, cartridges and rubber stamps. It was also discovered that all the accused in the racket were employed by Colonel Security Agency, Kandivli, Solid Solution in Vikhroli, Guru in Ghatkopar and 24 Guru in Vikhroli.
Prabhat Kumar, GRP Commissioner, said, “We are in the process of investigating if the agencies had cross checked their credentials before employing them.” Shivaji Dhumal, senior inspector of Kurla GRP said, “We will soon register statements of the employers of the accused.”