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Home dept may transfer probe into fake arms licence case to CBI soon

The state home department is considering to transfer the probe into the fake arms licence case to the CBI following a request of the police department in this regard

jaipur Updated: Jul 17, 2018 21:47 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan News
The ATS has so far arrested 54 people from seven states, seized 70 weapons and 1,181 fake arms licences in connection with the case that was uncovered in September last year.(File/Shutterstock Image)

The state home department is considering to transfer the probe into the fake arms licence case to the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) following a request of the police department in this regard.

“The police department has urged the home department to transfer the case to CBI as many states are involved in this racket. We have put their request on priority and will soon take a decision,” a senior official in the state home department told HT.

Earlier, the state police department had written a letter over the issue to Deepak Upreti, the additional chief secretary of home department. The letter states, “The fake arms licence cases pertain to issuance of 1,188 arms licences in a fraudulent manner by various authorities in Jammu and Kashmir. In view of the large scale of the scam, involvement of public officials of Jammu and Kashmir, it has implications on national security.”

The letter further adds, “Police Headquarters had recommended in December 2017 that the cases need to be transferred to the CBI for comprehensive investigation. The decision of the government in this regard is still awaited. In view of the reasons mentioned above and in follow up the deliberations held in the chamber of home minister, request for transfer of these cases to CBI without any further delay is reiterated.”

A senior official in the police department on the condition of anonymity told HT, “There might be a big political scam in this case. The police department suspects the involvement of many influential politicians and senior officials of Jammu and Kashmir. Only in Kupwada in recent years close to 750 arms licences were issued by the local administration without any police verification.”

He added, “Jammu and Kashmir is among top three states in issuing arms licences. Around 4 lakh arms license has been issued in the recent few years and we suspect that lakhs of weapons have been issued without police verification, which is a very serious threat for the country. Our jurisdiction is till Rajasthan and many other states are also involved in this racket. That’s why for a comprehensive investigation, we have requested for a CBI probe.”

The ATS, investigating the case, has so far arrested 54 people from seven states, seized 70 weapons and 1,181 fake arms licences in connection with the case that was uncovered in September last year. The fake licences were issued by the authorities in Kathua, Kupwara and Jammu among other districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The main conspirator in the racket was Zuber Khan (27) whose family has a gun shop in Ajmer. He would charge money from people for getting their arms licences made. Initially, the licences were obtained using forged documents such as fake address proof of J&K, but later he started forging the licences himself.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 21:47 IST