12 held in illegal arms procurement
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Last Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012, 22:07
Hyderabad: City police on Monday nabbed an ex- service man and 11 armed private security personnel belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on charge of illegally possessing firearms procured through fake arms licenses.

The ex-army man T Prakash Babu, who runs a private security agency here and provides armed security guards to different private security agencies, has been apprehended along with 11 private security guards, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters here.

Taskforce sleuths seized 35 guns and 38 live rounds from them that were procured through fake armed licenses, he said.

Prakash Babu earlier worked as a Special Police Officer (SPO) in 2008 and after leaving the job established a security agency 'Protection Management Services' and was outsourcing 60 armed security guards to other security agencies after taking commissions from them, the senior police officer said.

During enquiry it has been revealed that most of the armed security personnel outsourced by Babu were possessing weapons that were obtained through fake arms licenses, Khan said, adding none of these weapons were registered with Hyderabad City Police.

Special teams have left for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to obtain recorded evidence. There are around 4,000 arms license holders in Hyderabad and police has already launched verification process and issued showcause notices besides cancelling arms licenses in certain cases, he said.

Khan said weapon holders under the sports category were also under scanner and thorough checking of the issuance certificates is on.


First Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 22:07

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