UP leads the recovery of illegal arms: MHA
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 20:30
New Delhi: Security agencies across the country have seized over 13,000 illegal weapons ranging from country-made pistols to automatic assault rifles with 60 per cent of the recovery made from Uttar Pradesh only, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh led the tally with 8,094 of the total 13,351 illegal weapons seized during 2009, Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said in a written reply.

The seizures this year have increased by about 10 per cent from 2008 when 12,036 illegal weapons were recovered by the security agencies, he said. In 2008 also, Uttar Pradesh had registered recovery of 6610 weapons which constitutes more than half of total seizures across the country, the data said.

Militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir remained on second position during both the years with seizure of 885 and 985 illegal arms during 2008 and 2009 respectively, it said.

Maharashtra recorded the third highest recovery of illegal arms during 2008 and 2009 with 422 and 477 arms seized respectively. Insurgency-hit Manipur followed it with the recovery of 408 and and 378 arms during 2008 and 2009 respectively, the data provided by the Minister said.

The Minister said a number of steps have been undertaken to "check anti-national activities and un-authorised and illegal movement of arms" which include effective domination of the borders by carrying out round-the-clock surveillance and patrolling, laying nakas (border ambushes) and by deploying observation posts all along with international border.

He said steps taken on the international border to check the movement of illegal arms include erection of fencing, construction of border roads, introduction of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipments, special operations, improvised fence breach alarm system at susceptible locations and random checking of vehicles crossing the borders.

"The State and UT Governments have been urged to make sustained and continued efforts to unearth illegal weapons and arms," the minister said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 20:30

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