Issuance of gun licenses under scanner

Issuance of gun licenses under scanner
Issuance of gun licenses under scanner

Many ‘ineligible’ obtained licenses

Issuance of gun licenses under scanner

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: The issuance of gun licenses have come under scanner in Jammu and Kashmir as the District Magistrates of respective districts have reportedly issued many gun licenses “without” following the proper procedure over the years.

According to official details, around 2 lakh gun licenses have been issued for the last six-years in Jammu and Kashmir.

But many people according to sources have obtained gun licenses despite not eligible for that. Many licenses according to sources have been issued randomly over the years that could turn a “big scam” while compromising with the security.

1,17,905 gun licenses were issued between 2010 and 2013.  In 2014 and 2015, 45385 and 26094 gun licenses have been issued respectively. Till June 2016, around 5000 licenses have been issued in the state.

The data reveals that for the last two years, Kishtwar district tops among the 22 districts of the state with 30872 gun licenses being issued of which 20,610 gun were licenses were issued in 2014 and 10262 in 2015.

Kupwara issued 7900 in 2014, 4700 in 2015 and 383 in 2016. Poonch administration has issued 2419 licenses in 2014, 3453 licenses in 2015. 1584 licenses were issued in 2014, 1488 licenses in 2015. Ramban issued 6417 in 2014, 1953 in 2015 and 29 in 2016.

Sources said the Home Department has found that proper procedure was not followed in many of the cases before issuing the gun license.

“In a sensitive state like J&K, issuing 2 lakh gun licenses in six-years is a cause of concern. In some cases, it has been found that proper procedure was not followed and they obtained gun licenses despite not eligible for that,” an official of Home Department said.

The DMs have also been directed to ensure compliance to the provisions of the Arms Act/ Rules while issuing gun licenses.

The DMs have also been asked to ensure that the security/army personnel in whose cases the licenses are to be issued present themselves before the DMs for verification of their identity.

The arms licenses are issued to the civilians/army/ security personnel for self-protection as per the provision of Arms Act, 1959 and Arms Rule 1962.

Earlier, a former deputy commissioner from Kashmir was paid Rs 1000/ per gun license by the Jammu based multi-millionaire agent, who was also part of his nexus to get the gun licenses issued.

As per reports, he had been running the racket with the help of over 450 agents active in different districts, was in touch with a former Deputy Commissioner from Kashmir region, who helped him get the gun licenses issued.