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SSP?s licence fiat spares big guns!

THE LUCKNOW police go by the book. But, only when it comes to dealing with small fries. On Wednesday, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashutosh Pandey issued order to register cases against 19 persons who had applied for licence concealing facts about their objectionable antecedents. The SSP, however, feigned ignorance about over a dozen others who have been jailed several times but still are in possession of licensed firearms.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 00:18 IST

THE LUCKNOW police go by the book. But, only when it comes to dealing with small fries.

On Wednesday, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashutosh Pandey issued order to register cases against 19 persons who had applied for licence concealing facts about their objectionable antecedents.

The SSP, however, feigned ignorance about over a dozen others who have been jailed several times but still are in possession of licensed firearms. Reason: These people come under ‘special class’. These people either ‘manage’ the police with several obvious means or use influence of the powers that be.

Significantly, these influential persons with licenced firearms included aides of jailed don Babloo Srivastava, mafia dons Abhay Singh Dhananjay Singh, slain don Ajit Singh, jailed kingpin Mukhtar Ansari and absconding don Brijendra Raj Singh alias Kake Sardar.

When inquired if he (the SSP) was aware about such persons Pandey replied ‘no’. He, however, said he would ask the police stations to collect details about such persons and necessary action would be initiated in this connection.

The press release issued from the SSP camp office stated that documents attached with 19 applications seeking firearm licence were found showing false declaration about the applicant. The affidavit and the columns meant to reveal details about the applicant were found wrong. The applicants had concealed their antecedents.

The release further stated that the cases were found registered against a majority of applicants.

Therefore, SSP Pandey issued order to register cases against these applicants.

They have been identified as Rajendra Kumar Srivastava of Wazirganj, Mohammad Usman and Moni Yadav of Thakurganj, Bajrang Singh of Gosainganj, Ramesh Chandra Yadav, Qadir Ahmed, Phoolchand and Brijlal Yadav of Itaunja, Sushil, Shyam Kumar, and Ramesh Chand Saini of Kakori.

Besides, Ramesh Singh, Satyendra Kumar Singh, Ramesh Kumar and Jiteshwar Singh of Maal, Arjun Singh of Bakshi ka Talab, Ram Swaroop and Ram Bilas of Malihabad and Deepak Kumar Tiwari of Vikas Nagar.

However, those against whom cases of heinous crimes are pending at various police stations move freely carrying licenced firearms. These firearms are mainly used to escort mafia dons as the latter avoid carrying illegal arms publicly.

Since the dons cannot move out without being escorted by gunmen, they apply all their influence to get firearm licences issued to their henchmen. Majority of these licences are made on fake documents showing false declarations.

Besides, the dons apply another way to get licences for their men. They get it issued from the native district of their aides. For instance, Tanatan Tiwari, an aide of don-turned MLA Dhananjay Singh, procured licence for rifle and single barrel gun from his native district Pratapgarh. Tiwari had been jailed several times in cases of heinous crimes including murder from Alambagh police station earlier.