Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Home department on Saturday directed the divisional commissioners to verify all the cases of individual arms licenses and steps to revoke individual licenses by the DMs (except security personnel), while the districts magistrates were ordered not to issue fresh licenses.
The order states, “There have been a number of instances of unearthing of fake gun licensing gun rackets reported in media and under investigation through various investigating agencies particularly anti-terror squad and SOG of Rajasthan and Jaipur,” reads the government order dated July 12, number 922.
“It has been observed that the issues related to the grant of individual arms licenses in J&K have an implication on security and public peace, “the order states. “No fresh individual arms license should be issued by the district magistrates of J&K,” it added.
Citing reasons for rolling back the individual arms licenses issued under arms act 2016, the order reads: “There were inputs from CID of J&K police with regard to issuance of a very large number of individual arms licenses in certain districts of the state. Accordingly and enquiry was ordered by the home department on April 4, 2017, through K B Agarval financial commissioner to J&K government.”