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CBI busts gun racket run by district magistrates in J&K

This was the first major operation of the CBI after it acquired the original jurisdiction to act against corruption in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a gun racket in Jammu and Kashmir run with the help of district magistrates (DM). The agency said it was not ruling out the involvement of local politicians in the racket. It said that the officials of Jammu and Kashmir will have to be investigated to get to the whole truth.

The CBI office in Chandigarh had registered a case under Ranbir Pinal Code (RPC), 3/25 Arms Act, Prevention of Corruption Special Sections. In November this year, the scam was exposed. According to the case, from the year 2012 to 2016, 1,43,000 licences had been issued in Doda, Ramban, Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. About 4,29,000 licences were issued from all over what was then a state. The ATS arrested 52 people in this connection.

This was the first major operation of the CBI after it acquired the original jurisdiction to act against corruption in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The police have arrested the brother of an IAS officer and others suspected to be involved in the racket from Gurgaon. Rs 40 lakh were seized during the raid.

Due to the spread of the case to other states, the provincial home department had recommended that the case be handed over to the CBI.

According to sources, the racket is spread in states like Punjab, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana etc.

The ATS seized fake stamps and seals, forms of army personnel etc. during the raid.

The CBI has registered a case on the recommendation of Director General of Rajasthan Police OP Galhotra.

The CBI raided the properties of the following current and former senior bureaucrats.

  • IAS Rajiv Ranjan, the then DC Kupwara
  • IAS Yasha Mudgil, the then DM Baramulla and Udhampur
  • Itrat Hussain, the then DM Kupwara
  • Selem Mohammed, the then DM Kishtwar
  • Mohammad Javed Khan, the then DM Kishtwar and Shopian
  • FC Bhagat, the then DM Rajouri
  • Feroz Ahmed Khan, the then DM Doda and
  • Jahangir Ahmed Mir, the then DM Pulwama

Earlier, the state home department had busted fake licence rackets in Kupwara and Udhampur.

A letter has been written to the army in this regard. A response is awaited. The vigilance department of Jammu and Kashmir has started an investigation into the case.

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