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Operation ‘Jubaida’: How 3,367 gun licences were procured in the name of Indian Army personnel

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    Jaipur, July 18: This case has all the makings of a huge racket. Under the scanner of the Rajasthan ATS are over 3,000 gun licences that were allegedly issued in the name of Army personnel during their stint in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The ATS has now asked for the names of the personnel to be verified by the Army. ATS sources tell OneIndia that a gang that procures weapons illegally may have used the name of Army personnel.

    Operation ‘Jubaida’: How 3,367 gun licences were procured in the name of Indian Army personnel

    It all began with Operation Jubaida, in which the Rajasthan ATS arrested 52 people after it was found that they had got gun licences issued from different districts in Jammu and Kashmir. It was also found that at least 3,367 gun licences were procured by using names of the Army personnel.

    It was also found that all the licences were issued by the respective Deputy Commissioners over the past decade. The ATS also found that no records were maintained for the same.

    Response awaited:

    The ATS had written letters to the Army, Indian Air Force, Navy, Border Security Force, CRPF, NCC, RPF, NDRF and the Coast Guard. While the ATS received a response from most, the Army submitted a list of 375 personnel. ATS officials say that the Army list however did not have the time period.

    The ATS says that the list needs to be more comprehensive and hence it had sent out another request to the Army. The ATS says it would need the entire list of personnel and also the time period of when the personnel had served in Jammu and Kashmir. This is a case which has major security implications and hence needs to be cracked, the ATS officer also said.

    The Navy on the other hand informed the ATS that out of the 26 personnel, only 14 cases were genuine. The ATS is now finding out how the remaining persons posed as Navy officials and secured the licence.

    In the IAF list, the credentials of 17 out of the 39 were found to be genuine. Out of the 548 personnel from the BSF, records for 471 were received of which cases of only 336 personnel were found to be correct.

    In the CRPF list out of the 424, 237 were correct. In the other lists, only 154 of the 387 personnel were found to be correct.

    Larger nexus:

    ATS officials say that this is a huge racket. It appears as though the names of many personnel have been picked at random and gun licences sourced in their names. Under the scanner are also those officials in J&K who could be hand in glove with this syndicate. Once we receive all the information, we could probe further into the matter, the official also added.

    This racket is rampant in Jammu and Kashmir and in the month of March 2018, the Jammu police busted a fake gun licence racket. Investigations led to the police recovering 52 fake gun licences and several blank licence forms. It was found that the accused persons were preparing both fake and forged gun licences by using the stamps of Army officials and those in the civil administration.

    The police conducted raids and arrested two persons in connection with this case. They were identified ass Taranjeet Singh and Satinder Singh, both residents of Jammu. The police had also recovered stamps of the Army and civil administration.

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