2 Babus Who Issued 20 K Gun Licences Come Under Scanner

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Srinagar: State’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probing role of two top serving bureaucrats in connection with gun license scam.

News agency GNS reported on Monday, the duo who has also served as Deputy Commissioners (DCs), have issued nearly 20,000 gun licenses during their tenure.

They said that the duo had been charging rupees 5000 to 10000 rupees for each license and were in nexus with two gun factory owners of Jammu.

“The CID has also got details about their assets and is probing whether they are disproportionate to their genuine source of income”.

The assets, they said include that of their spouse and children. One of the two DCs has also been gifted a house at Chandigarh by gun license owner, they said.

The sources further revealed that recently CID sought reports from all Deputy Commissioners of the Jammu and Kashmir State.

“However these reports were treated unsatisfactory,” the sources informed. The scam is spread mainly in Kupwara, Kishtwar, Shopian, Baramulla, Udhampur, Rajouri districts.

The CID is also probing role of some officials working on National Database on Arms License (NDAL) website as data pertaining to the licenses has been blocked since March 31 this year. “They have updated only that record which suited them,” the sources said.

What is shocking, according to sources, is the fact that the gun licenses by these two former DCs have been even issued to Armed Forces personnel working outside Jammu and Kashmir. “This is grossly against the laid norms,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, sources also said that one of the accused bureaucrats recently held a meeting in Jammu with gun owners and some official staff, dealing with the gun licenses. The staff was told ‘to find out ways to make record look like genuine. 

The CID is also looking into the record whether all amount received on account issuing genuine licenses has been deposited in government treasury or not. (GNS)

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