Laxity by Home Deptt of terror-ridden J&K exposed
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAIPUR/JAMMU: Following arrests of arms dealer trio from Jammu, Ajmer and Abohar by Rajasthan Anti Terror Squad (ATS) for supplying arms licenses through a well-knit network, the role of J&K’s Home Department officials has come under scanner and more arrests are likely to be made in the case.
The arrests were made under Rajasthan ATS’s clandestine operation namely ‘Zubeida’, which led it to bust the inter-state arms license racket having roots in terror-ridden Jammu and Kashmir.
Over 100 arms licenses with large number of weapons have been recovered from four states including J&K in series of raids conducted by the aforesaid ATS.
The arrested accused have been identified as Rahul from Jammu, Vishal from Fazilka-Punjab and key player Zuber Khan from Ajmer-Rajasthan.
It was revealed that arms licenses were issued from J&K’s Baramulla, Kathua, Kupwara, Ramban and Jammu.
Operation was launched after ATS got inputs about the network involved in forging documents to show non-J&K resident beneficiaries as residents of the J&K, besides army and defence personnel posted in the Valley, the racket also made J&K arms licenses.
The police sources said that the racket was engaged in making all India validity licenses for customers spread across the country by taking up to Rs.3 lakh per license.
The modus operandi of the aforesaid arms dealers involve procurement of arms license from Jammu and Kashmir by showing the beneficiary as army personnel and getting licenses made in backdate up to 2008 (as the provision of such arms licenses has been legal in J&K) by showing the beneficiary as resident of the terror hit state and second by arranging arms from Madhya Pradesh.
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