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Fire at arms licence branch: Suspecting foul play, VB files case against officials

Suspecting foul play in the six-month-old fire incident at the arms licensing branch of the deputy commissioner’s office in Tarn Taran, the vigilance bureau (VB) has registered a case at its Amritsar police station.

punjab Updated: Oct 29, 2016 23:05 IST
HT Correspondent

Suspecting foul play in the six-month-old fire incident at the arms licensing branch of the deputy commissioner’s office in Tarn Taran, the vigilance bureau (VB) has registered a case at its Amritsar police station.

Although nobody has been named in the first-information report (FIR) registered on Wednesday, the officials and employees concerned have been mentioned as accused, said VB inspector Barjinder Singh Dhillon on Friday.

Dhillon said names of the accused are being verified and the probe will be completed soon, following which action will be taken against the guilty. VB senior superintendent of police (SP, Amritsar range) Ketan Baliram Patil is supervising the probe.

The case has been registered under Sections 175 (omission to produce document to public servant by person legally bound to produce it), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 201(causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 202 (intentional omission to give information of offence by person bound to inform) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It was on May 7 this year that the fire took place inside the records room of the arms licensing branch, destroying important documents concerning a VB probe. The bureau was investigating alleged large-scale issuing of fake arms licences by making alterations to official records in lieu of bribe. The VB had asked the DC office to produce the relevant documents on May 9.

The then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) district president Navreet Singh Shafipur had alleged a conspiracy and also lodged a complaint with Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manmohan Sharma.

The case

# The fire took place inside the records room of the arms licensing branch at the Tarn Taran deputy commissioner’s office on May 7

# Important documents concerning alleged issuing of fake arms licences by making alterations to records gutted

# VB had asked the DC office to produce the documents on May 9

# The then BJP district president alleged conspiracy, lodged a complaint with the Tarn Taran SSP.