Cops baffled at licensed weapons going in wrong hands
The startling revelation of number of persons with criminal background having managed to obtain licensed weapons came to light in Jammu, reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.india Updated: Dec 03, 2006 19:59 IST
With criminals possessing licensed weapons including 12 bore guns, revolvers and pistols, an eyebrow is being raised if corrupt practice by vested elements in police and administration has paved way for goons to have an easy access on weaponry, that too in a legalised manner.
The startling revelation of number of persons with criminal background having managed to obtain licensed weapons came to light following the sensational murder of Sanjay Gupta alias Bakra on November 25 in posh Trikuta Nagar locality.
The police have solved the case after apprehending the prime accused Rajesh Dogra and Vishal Singh alias Vicky Thakur, who executed the murder and also identifying the co-accused including the girl involved in the crime. But police officers have been taken aback following the revelations that many criminals are possessing licensed weapons.
Sources in police disclosed that after the murder, police picked up a number of suspects for questioning. During interrogation, a number of suspects including those who had criminal background but were silent over the years had obtained licenses.
However, sources informed, “Senior police officers were surprised to see that how a person facing different criminal charges have obtained those licenses.”
“Though the licenses are finally granted by district administration but prior to that there is a procedure of full-fledged verification by the police to ascertain if the person who had applied for the license has criminal background or not,” police officers pointed out during the course of investigation.
They further added, “And when there are criminal records in the respective police stations then how come the same is not mentioned in the report.”
When contacted, SSP Jammu, Mukesh Singh said that “appropriate directions have been passed to the respective police stations and police posts to prepare the list of all those active in anti-social activities and also how many of them have got licensed weapons.”
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First Published: Dec 03, 2006 19:59 IST