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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014
Armed and ready in UP
In UP, even sadhus wield guns. Mahanth Janmejay Sharan, president of Ramjanambhoomi Mandir Nirman Nyas in Ayodhya, has a licenced pistol and a double barrel gun. He says he fears a rival. (Ashok Dutta/HT Photo)
In UP, even sadhus wield guns. Mahanth Janmejay Sharan, president of Ramjanambhoomi Mandir Nirman Nyas in Ayodhya, has a licenced pistol and a double barrel gun. He says he fears a rival. (Ashok Dutta/HT Photo)
Shyam Gautam, a member of Bahujan Samaj Party, cleans his gun at his residence in Bahraich as his wife and children watch on. Guns have empowered Dalits, he says. (Ashok Dutta/ HT Photo)
Shyam Gautam, a member of Bahujan Samaj Party, cleans his gun at his residence in Bahraich as his wife and children watch on. Guns have empowered Dalits, he says. (Ashok Dutta/ HT Photo)
Villagers with their arms in a field near Aliganj in Etah, Uttar Pradesh. Farmers say they need guns because gangsters threaten them. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
Villagers with their arms in a field near Aliganj in Etah, Uttar Pradesh. Farmers say they need guns because gangsters threaten them. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photo)
BJP MP from Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan with his security guard. Paswan has a pistol and his wife and mother have weapons too. Paswan says his political rivals may attack him anytime.  (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)
BJP MP from Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan with his security guard. Paswan has a pistol and his wife and mother have weapons too. Paswan says his political rivals may attack him anytime.  (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)
Vijay Kumar Singh, a former zilla panchayat president, along with his armed security guards at his office in Kaiserganj in Gonda district. Singh says he needs protection from his political rivals. (Ashok Dutta/ HT Photo)
Vijay Kumar Singh, a former zilla panchayat president, along with his armed security guards at his office in Kaiserganj in Gonda district. Singh says he needs protection from his political rivals. (Ashok Dutta/ HT Photo)
Guns are a matter of pride and not just protection in Uttar Pradesh. In this picture, a family in a village near Etah flaunt rifles and revolvers at their home. Children get a chance to hold weapons too. (Vipin Kumar/ HT photo)
Guns are a matter of pride and not just protection in Uttar Pradesh. In this picture, a family in a village near Etah flaunt rifles and revolvers at their home. Children get a chance to hold weapons too. (Vipin Kumar/ HT photo)
An agent displays a countrymade pistol in a village in Etah. Guns come as cheap as a few thousand rupees in UP. (Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
An agent displays a countrymade pistol in a village in Etah. Guns come as cheap as a few thousand rupees in UP. (Vipin Kumar/HT photo)
Children of a village near Etah show their family gun. In Uttar Pradesh, private individuals possess more weapons than the police. (Vipin Kumar/ HT photo)
Children of a village near Etah show their family gun. In Uttar Pradesh, private individuals possess more weapons than the police. (Vipin Kumar/ HT photo)
A craftsman fits the barrel of a countrymade pistol in an illegal factory. There is no official estimate but illegal gun factories are spread across Uttar Pradesh. (HT photo)
A craftsman fits the barrel of a countrymade pistol in an illegal factory. There is no official estimate but illegal gun factories are spread across Uttar Pradesh. (HT photo)
A craftsman examines the diameter and quality of a barrel before fitting it into an illegal pistol. Countrymade weapons cost little and are available easily in UP.  (HT Photo)
A craftsman examines the diameter and quality of a barrel before fitting it into an illegal pistol. Countrymade weapons cost little and are available easily in UP.  (HT Photo)
A craftsman giving finishing touches to semi-finished countrymade pistols before handing them to a trusted gun-runner for sale. (HT Photo)
A craftsman giving finishing touches to semi-finished countrymade pistols before handing them to a trusted gun-runner for sale. (HT Photo)
Semi-finished countrymade pistols, barrels and cartridges lie on the work table of a factory. There is no official estimate but illegal gun factories are spread across Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)
Semi-finished countrymade pistols, barrels and cartridges lie on the work table of a factory. There is no official estimate but illegal gun factories are spread across Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)
A drill machine is used for making holes in metal butt which would be attached to a countrymade pistol. (HT Photo)
A drill machine is used for making holes in metal butt which would be attached to a countrymade pistol. (HT Photo)

In lawless Uttar Pradesh it's rule of the gun

Private citizens have more guns than the police in the state. Farmers work in their fields armed, teachers carry weapons openly and politicians are amongst the biggest buyers of arms. Why is UP going gun crazy?

Sadhus who swear by the gun

Rival sects won't shirk from armed battles.

Even farmers need guns in UP

How would one explain the prevalence of guns and other arms even with the farmers in UP?

Here only dabang candidates win: arms agent

Electoral candidates have mastered the art of being strong and powerful.

In UP, even school teachers are fearful

School teachers in UP feel that guns come loaded with large doses of security.

I am under constant threat from political rivals: Kamlesh Paswan

Politicians are amongst the biggest buyers of arms. Meet one politician and his fear of rivals.

UP’s guns market: a booming business

The arms bazaar is a one-stop shop even home-delivers the 'goods'.

Pen pistols find their way into western UP

It is perhaps the first time these tiny but lethal weapons has been seen in the UP, police say.

Dalit empowerment at gunpoint

Community feels safe if it's armed and ready.
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