According to officials probing the case, the licences were originally issued to residents of Nagaland during days of terrorism in 1988; however, later many of these were transferred to Haryanvis on retainership basis. The cops said that many of the original arms licence holders in the hill state might have even passed away by now. Cops say that at least 1,000 such fake licences were issued to Haryana residents as they have come across 450 cases in the area falling under Rohtak police alone; 9 FIRs have been registered in Rohtak range alone.
Retainership of an arms licence is a legal exercise to authorize a known person to be custodian of a weapon, but doesn't confer the right to use it.
After returning from Nagaland on Thursday, the special investigation team (SIT) of Haryana police on Friday briefed Rohtak range inspector general (IG) A K Rao about the progress in the probe.
"Before the Lok Sabha elections, the police were verifying records of gun houses across the state and learnt that many arms licences in state belonged to residents of Nagaland. That led to suspicion in our minds," said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sumit Kumar, who is heading the SIT. Two persons, including Jhajjar resident Ramesh Kumar, an ex-serviceman, have been arrested in connection with the racket.
Maximum fake licences have used to retain.32 bore pistols and .12 bore guns. "We have come to know about 20 criminals who have arms on the basis of such fake licences. Such licenses have also been issued to people of other northern states by the authorities in Nagaland. Dimapur administration has admitted that the retainership of these licences was transferred wrongly. They have even cancelled 73 such licences. Now, we are probing whether it was a bonafide error on part of the administration or were officials party in the racket," IG Rao added.
Sources said that officials in Dimapur had not yet handed over all required records to the Haryana police.
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