The district administration has cancelled as many as 429 "fake firearm licences" after the licensees failed to furnish proofs of residence and fulfill other requirements to prove their bona fides.
Additional district magistrate (ADM) Jasbir Singh cancelled these licences on Thursday under Section 17 (3) C of the Arms Act of 1959. The list of those whose arms licences have been revoked have been put up outside the ADM office here.
Patiala police had unearthed the fake arms licence racket operating from Amritsar in alleged connivance with some DC office staff, following which Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal had got a case registered under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Civil Lines police station.
An official communique on the matter clarified that the Patiala SSP had notified the district magistrate that during a probe by Shambhu police, 433 firearms licences were found fake and the list to this effect was sent along with the recommendation to cancel the same. "Notices in this regard were issued to the holders of these licences to furnish proofs to verify their addresses," said deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.
However, only four licensees appeared in person to provide the requisite proofs and witnesses, he added. Thereafter, the ADM gave orders for the initiation of the process of annulment of the remaining 429 licences.