Fake gun licenses’ case: Two former DMs sent to 10-day custody
Srinagar, Mar 2:
Two former District Magistrates (DMs) of Kupwara, who were arrested on Sunday
in the arms license case, have been remanded to 10 day police custody by the
special judge of CBI cases in Srinagar.
Ranjan and Itrit Hussain Rafiqui, both former DMs of Kupwara district, were
arrested for issuing gun licenses “fraudulently and illegally in lieu of
monetary consideration” during their respective tenures.
While Ranjan was
in office from 2013-2015, Itrit held the post from 2015 to 2016.
Judge CBI Cases, Srinagar has today remanded the then two District Magistrates,
Kupwara ten days Police Custody in a case related to irregularities in issuance
of arms licenses. Both the accused were arrested by CBI in an on-going
investigation of the said case,” a CBI spokesperson said.
registered a case on the consent of J&K Government and further Notification
from the Centre and taken over the investigation of FIR number 18 of 2018
(dated 17.05.2018), earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation
in the case, as per the CBI spokesperson, were that during the period 2012 to
2016, the Deputy Commissioners of various districts of J&K, including
District Kupwara had fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licenses in
lieu of monetary consideration.
investigation to unearth the deep rooted conspiracy in issuance of illegal arms
licenses, CBI has arrested a private person on February 24 on the allegations
of working as conduit of gun dealers and officials of various districts of the
then State of J&K and also indulged in various financial transactions with
other co-accused persons, including public servants,” the spokesperson said.
person is in CBI custody till March 5.
investigation, the alleged role of both the then District Magistrates, Kupwara
surfaced during their tenure as District Magistrate, Kupwara (J&K).
Investigation is continuing,” the spokesperson added.
The roots of this
massive scam go as back as 2012 when it first came to the fore.
Between 2009 and
2013, the Jammu and Kashmir government had issued over 92000 gun licenses,
40587 of which were alone issued in 2011 and 2012.
Overall, the case
involves issuance of over two lakh arms licenses in eight districts of the
in media show that 1.32 lakh of the 1.43 lakh licenses in Jammu region’s Doda,
Ramban and Udhampur districts were issued to those residing outside the Union
The figure for
the entire Union Territory is 4,29,301, of which just 10 per cent were issued
to residents of the erstwhile State.