Gang of illegal arms dealers busted; J&K men among 3 held

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The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Rajasthan Police has busted an inter-state gang of arms dealers who used to sell illegally their own factory-made arms on fake licences in four states.They have arrested the three main accused from Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.Zuber arrested from Ajmer, Vishal from Fazilka, and Rahul Sharma was arrested from from Jammu and Kashmir under the Arms Act, and a number of IPC sections, ATS ADGP Umesh Mishra told a press conference here.  The ATS confiscated 50 fake licences from Zuber’s possession, 48 from Vishal, and 100 from Rahul, besides recovering 19 arms, including revolvers, pistols and guns from them, Mishra said.

The gangsters were running their official arms-making unit besides running a nationwide racket of selling these weapons to buyers after issuing them fake licences with official seals of four states: Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, J&K and Rajasthan, he said.Under the new law, no state could issue a licence to a buyer other than his own state, and in this racket, many of the licences were issued from J&K on official stamps which was highly objectionable, Mishra said. Racketeers were allegedly selling arms to the buyers without any authentication or a certificate issued from the government, he said. Arms peddlers Sanjay Bheel and Mahesh Bheel were recently arrested from MP’s Dhar district and 15 pistols and 20 cartridges were recovered from them. The ATS began massive searches and undertook raids after receiving tips from Rajasthan’s Udaipur and MP’s Dewas cities where the arms were illegally sold.The ATS teams were preparing a list of buyers of illegal arms and licences and question them.

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