Arms license case: CBI conducts raids in 22 places in J&K

Srinagar, Jul 24 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday raided 22 places in the Union Territory in connection with a case pertaining to fraudulent issuance of gun licenses in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources said that the sleuths of CBI assisted by police and CRPF raided 12 locations in Kashmir division and ten places in Jammu division since early this morning. “All the roads leading to these locations were sealed,” they said.

The 12 locations included the residence of Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department, J&K Government and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mission Youth J&K and Skill Development Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary at Tulsi Bagh government quarters in Srinagar.

Choudhary has served as the deputy commissioner of Rajouri and Srinagar. “The raids were still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.

IAS officer Rajiv Ranjan and Itrit Hussain Rafiqui, both former district magistrates of Kupwara, were arrested in March 2020 by the CBI, which had taken over the probe into the gun licence racket from J&K police in 2018.
According to the police FIR, the deputy commissioners of various Jammu and Kashmir districts, between 2012 and 2016, “fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licenses in lieu of monetary consideration”.

The gun licence racket had been unearthed by the Rajasthan Police in 2017-18. The J&K police found that thousands of licences had been issued by authorities in various districts of Jammu and Kashmir in a fraudulent manner. It also found that many of the people who received the licences had criminal records.

The then Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vora, handed over the probe to CBI. On July 12, 2018, the Governor revoked individual gun licences issued between January 2017 and February 2018.


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