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Rajasthan ATS busts arms license racket with links to terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir | National


Rajasthan ATS busts arms license racket with links to terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir | National

Published on :12 Sep,2017 By :- UNT News Desk

New Delhi:Fending off a major security threat, Rajasthan ATS on Monday arrested three arms dealer from Jammu, Ajmer and Abohar who supplied arms licence to customers with a well-oiled network.

Under scanner is the role of Jammu and Kashmir home department officials who are allegedly in complicit with the arms dealer. More arrests are not being ruled out by the Rajasthan ATS.

The secret 'Operation Zubeida' initiated four months ago led Rajasthan Police Anti-Terror Squad to an inter-state racket engaged in making arms licenses from terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir for people spread all across the country. More than 100 arms licence with huge cache of weapons have been recovered from raids at 12 locations in four states.

Licences were being made in Baramulla, Kathua, Kupwara, Ramban and Jammu. Rajasthan ATS Superintendent of Police Vikas Kumar told India Today, "We are probing the role of officials of Jammu and Kashmir home department". Though no terror angle has emerged, this appears to be a major chink in a department where licences are sold from anywhere above Rs 3 lakh. Vikas further said, "licences are being sold like fresh vegetables".

All 3 accused are aged in 30s, identified as Rahul (Jammu), Vishal (Fazilka-Punjab) and racket kingpin Zuber Khan (Ajmer-Rajasthan) have been arrested by teams of Rajasthan ATS from their native states. To authenticate the input  ATS sent its own team as a decoy customer before swooping down on culprits.
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.

Vikas Kumar said the racket was engaged in making arms licenses from Jammu and Kashmir with all India validity for customers spread across the country, particularly northern and central India.

The racket charged sums ranging up to Rs 3 lakh per licenses of All India validity for all kinds of firearms primarily purchased by beneficiaries from the licensed weapon shop of Juber's relative in Dewas district of MP.

The racket operated in two parts - first by getting 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 MP.

The beneficiary of the busted racket included all kinds of people, among them an Ajmer-based history-sheeter criminal Ganpat.

ATS will seek assistance in further probe from the J&K Police.

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