The deep-rooted nexus


Fake arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir have found that some of the District Magistrates had issued gun licenses to security personnel, who had never been posted in Jammu and Kashmir, even as fear grows that some licenses might have fallen in the "wrong hands" i.e. anti-social and anti-national elements in various States. Security personnel posted at Kokrajhar in Assam and Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat had never come to Jammu and Kashmir and they were provided with gun licenses, fake or genuine, by the touts including some gun dealers, who had been running the entire racket with the connivance of some officials. This itself explains the deep-rooted nexus the touts had developed in different districts of the State as they were managing gun licenses even for the persons, who were neither posted in Jammu and Kashmir nor they had ever visited here for personal appearance before the Authority and this was the reason that Jammu and Kashmir despite ranking 20th in population, was rated as second State after Uttar Pradesh, for issuing maximum 3 lakh gun licenses. Apart from the District Magistrates, the investigators have also come across the names of certain Judicial Clerks, formerly posted in different districts, who had also facilitated issuance of gun licenses to the "outsiders" even when they had never visited themselves for obtaining the licenses and everything was settled through the touts.
The investigators were worried that some of the gun licenses might have landed into the hands of anti-social and anti-national elements including Naxalites in some States of the country. Since one of the case in the arms license racket of Jammu and Kashmir has been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), they can cover all aspects of the case including issuance of fake licenses and their landing into the hands of anti-social or anti-national elements. The second FIR in the arms racket, originating from J&K, has been registered by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Rajasthan, which has arrested one of the gun dealers from ChanniHimmat, who is presently lodged in Udaipur jail. While Rajasthan ATS was investigating gun licenses issued by six districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the CBI has so far taken up gun licenses issued by former Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Faquir Chand Bhagat only. It may be mentioned here that militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir has become the second State on the top of the list only after the country's most populous State Uttar Pradesh where respective district administrations have issued more than 3 lakh gun licenses. A number of these licenses could be fake.

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