At least 100 arms licences issued by the Amritsar deputy commissioner's (DC) office have been found to be fake even as the probe team of the district administration is yet to submit its report on the matter.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal confirmed that so far more than 100 licences were found to be fake. "These applicants connived with others to get the licences made fraudulently," he said. "Not only will their licences be cancelled, but action will also be recommended against them."
A few days ago, the Patiala police had unearthed a fake arms licence racket operating from here. They arrested one Gaurav Arora, owner of Arora Gun House here, and seized 17 weapons, including pistols and guns, in connection with the racket.
The Patiala police said the dealer allegedly colluded with someone in the Amritsar DC's office to get fake arms licenses made for applicants from Delhi, Haryana and other states by showing them to be residents of Amritsar district.
The police also arrested Delhi residents Parveen Kumar and Prem Mohan, who got their licences from Amritsar and bought weapons.
After ordering a probe, the district administration stopped granting arms licences in the city and suspended a couple of employees of the Arms Licence branch. As the investigation is still on, the number of fake licences could go up.
"Patiala police had also asked for certain details, which we have provided them," said Aggarwal.
He stressed that each arms licence issued by the district administration would undergo field verification and for that police had already been approached.