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J-K govt recommends CBI probe into fake gun license racket

Wednesday, September 05, 2018
By Sumir Kaul

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended a CBI probe into the gun license racket after names of public officials, especially some IAS officers from the state, surfaced during investigations carried out by Rajasthan police's Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), officials said Tuesday.

The recommendation was made by the state administration headed by the previous governor N N Vohra last month, the officials said, adding the state's vigilance branch has been asked to carry out the probe on the basis of the findings of Rajasthan's ATS until the CBI takes over the case.

However, the CBI, after perusing the documents handed over to the agency by the state government, sent further queries and was awaiting its response, officials said.

The CBI has asked the state government to furnish some of the relevant documents before it considers filing of a case to probe the issuance of the 4.29 lakh arms licences in the last one decade from various districts of the militancy-hit state, they said.

The unholy nexus between bureaucrats-middlemen-arms dealers was unravelled by the Rajasthan police's ATS last year.

Over 50 people including the brother of an IAS officer have been arrested in the case so far as majority of these arms licences were given to people who do not belong to Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of forged documents, the officials said.

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