J&K : IAS Officer & Ex-DC Jammu’s Brother Arrested In illegal arms, fake licence case

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The elder brother of a Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS official was arrested from Gurgaon in connection with an illegal arms and fake licence racket, a senior ATS and SOG official said on Tuesday.

The elder brother of former Deputy Commissioner Jammu has been arrested from Gurugram in connection with an illegal arms and fake licence racket. It is the 52nd arrest in the case wherein 67 illegal arms and 1,188 fake licences had been seized by Rajasthan police.

It is the 52nd arrested in the case. Sixty-seven illegal arms and 1,188 fake licences had been recovered.

Kumar Jyoti Ranjan (46), the owner of a Haryana-based construction company, was arrested from Gurgaon late last night for his involvement illegal arms and fake licence racket that the ATS and SOG had busted 10 months ago, Additional Director General (ATS and SOG) Umesh Mishra told PTI.

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Mishra said the accused had got several licences issued to beneficiaries allegedly through his younger brother Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, a senior IAS official of Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

The involvement of the 2010 batch IAS officer Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, former Deputy Commissioner Jammu, presently awaiting orders of posting in the office of Divisional Commissioner Jammu, is yet to be investigated, Mishra added.

Involvement of many IAS/IPS officers, from Rajasthan and Haryana, posted in J&K, surfaced during the ATS investigations, police said, adding “many arrests are likely to be made in this inter-state arms licences scandal.

In September last year, the ATS and SOG had busted an interstate illegal arms and license syndicate operational in at least four states with the arrest of the racket kingpin from Ajmer. An accused, Zuber, was arrested for taking Rs 3-4 lakh to get the license issued from Jammu and Kashmir in back dates, police said.

Issuance of all-India arms license in states was prohibited since 2008 and, therefore, the accused got the licenses issued on local addresses in Jammu and Kashmir in back date, they said. An intelligence team had received a tip-off that an organised inter-state illegal arms and license racket was operational following which raids were conducted in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

To shield some blue-eyed IAS officers, the J&K government had allegedly ordered a similar probe to save them from investigations of Rajasthan police.

The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has registered an FIR 18/18 after J&K Home Department directed Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu to hold fresh verification into licenses issued between January 2017 and February 23, 2018, in eight districts of the State.

On March 6, 2018, Principal Secretary Home had also written a letter to Divisional Commissioners of the State to verify arms licences in Kishtwar, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Leh, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, and Udhampur issued to locals, non-state subjects and armed personnel. The National Database for Arms Licenses had reported that the number of arms licenses issued to some districts in the State had been exceedingly large in numbers. As per the Union Ministry of Home Affairs report, 3, 69,191 gun licenses have been issued during the last 15 years.

Accordingly, the SVO registered the case on the complaint received by the Home Department with regard to irregularities in issuance and renewal of arms licences by the authorities across the State during the period 2012 to 2016.

On June 30, 2018, the SVO had conducted surprise checking at the office of Deputy Commissioner Udhampur and Rajouri.

At Udhampur, the Vigilance team seized records pertaining to issuance of over 20,000 arms licenses between 2012 and 2016. With this the investigations into infamous arms licences scandal gained momentum.

The raid was carried out by a team of SVO sleuths led by DySP H L Pandita under the supervision of the then SSP Dr Hasib Mughal.

Preliminary scrutiny of seized records revealed that the licences were issued on single page application forms without conducting any CID or police verifications.

The involvement of the IAS official was yet to be investigated, Mishra added. In September last year, the ATS and SOG had busted an interstate illegal arm and license syndicate operational in at least four states with the arrest of the racket kingpin from Ajmer. An accused, Zuber, was arrested for taking Rs 3-4 lakh to get the license made from Jammu and Kashmir in back date, police said.

Making all-India arms license in states was prohibited since 2008 so the accused got the license made on local address of Jammu and Kashmir in back date, they said.

An intelligence team of the police had received a tip-off that an organized interstate illegal arms and license racket was operational following which raids were conducted in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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