New Delhi: With the arrest of eight persons, the Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a racket which used to get Arms Licence issued on the basis of fake and forged documents without police verification from Nagaland.
Those arrested include six such licence holders and two agents, involved in procuring such licences. Arms licences and arms purchased on the basis of such licences have also been seized by the police.
During investigation of a case last year, Special Cell of the Delhi Police discovered that several residents of Delhi have obtained Arms licences from Nagaland on the basis of fictitious documents and have purchased arms and ammunition from different Arms dealers of Delhi and NCR and some have procured them even from Ordinance Factories.
It has been found that some such Licence holders have previously indulged in criminal activities. In order to bust the entire racket and initiate appropriate legal action against such persons, a separate case was registered by Special Cell and investigation was taken up.
"Our investigation revealed that a large number of residents of Delhi have procured such licences issued by Dimapur Administration in Nagaland," said DCP (Special Cell) Rajeev Ranjan.
The seized Arms licences are found to have been issued by the office of District Magistrate Dimapur (Nagaland) with "All India" validity. However Arms licence for All India validity can be granted after seeking prior concurrence of MHA with full justification in deserving cases only, he said.
The six license holders have been identified as Jaswant Dagar, Satish Dabas, Raj Rishi Sharma, Omkar Singh, Subash Dagar and Sanjay Kumar, all residents of Delhi while two agents, identified as Ramesh Kadiyan and Sandeep both residents of Jhajjar, Haryana were also held for facilitating procurement of such licence."
Arms Licences and Weapons purchased by these accused persons have been seized as these were purchased in contravention to the MHA's Guidelines that no Arms licence can be granted without police verification, which includes antecedents of the applicant, assessment of threat etc," said Ranjan.
In this case, such Arms licence holders have no threat to their lives, rather those who have been involved in criminal cases are themselves a threat to other peace loving citizens, he added.
All the above-mentioned accused persons have been found previously involved in some criminal cases and despite their criminal involvement they succeeded in procuring Arms Licences from Nagaland through the mediators/agents in lieu of handsome amount. All licences holder have given false residence proof of Nagaland whereas they live in Delhi.
Efforts are on to apprehend other persons involved in the crime. The role of gun houses and arms dealers in Delhi and NCR is also being probed. Further investigation is in progress.