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ATS busts gang involved in making fake licenses

Notably, the licenses were made on the addresses situated in Jammu. Documents in the name of army personnel have also been recovered. Three persons have been arrested in this connection.

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ATS busts gang involved in making fake licenses
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Conducting a major operation, Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) Rajasthan has busted a gang of inter-state arms and ammunition dealers that had been involved in peddling of illegal arms and providing fake arms licenses. The ATS smashed a racket that spread from Jammu & Kashmir to Rajasthan. It conducted raids in four states to unearth the network.

Over fifty fake licenses and counterfeit seals of senior government officials have been recovered. Three persons of the gang have been arrested and ATS has evidence that they had a rate card for different jobs related to fake licenses. ATS suspects that there could be a probable involvement of Army personnel as several fake licenses have been made on documents of Army personnel. Some of the licenses are for American and Spanish weapons and ATS sources hint that they had connection with organised gangs and criminals.

Notably, the licenses were made on the addresses situated in Jammu. Documents in the name of army personnel have also been recovered. Three persons have been arrested in this connection.

Interestingly, the ATS operation was codenamed Operation Zubeida; which means high hills in Urdu.   

The ATS suspects that the gang might be getting their hands on authentic American weapons and supplying them to their customers, some of the gang members are hardcore criminals.

Around four months ago, the ATS received an intel that fake arms licenses were being made and brought to Rajasthan from Jammu and Kashmir. “It was learnt that some arms dealer is getting these made. An operation - codenamed Zubeida was initiated,” informed Vikas Kumar, SP ATS to DNA.

As the trail of the gang originated in the hills of Jammu and Kashmir, the operation was codenamed Zubeida, that means high hills in Urdu,” the SP said. “A four-way approach was chosen while initiating the operation. Technical and human intel was developed in Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. 

This brought forward the start point of these fake licenses. Meanwhile, ATS received a complaint from Udaipur wherein the complainant informed about one Zubair, and hinted at the possibility that a weapon he had purchased from the said person could be of suspicious quality,” the SP informed.

“Few of the licenses have been made in the name of army personnel. Few others have been made on address of Jammu. They used to make licenses in back date and fake address of Jammu,” he further added. The ATS has reasons to suspect that there could be a foul play within government departments or Army as well. It is early to say but ATS suspects that details of Army personnel are either used without knowledge or with collusion of some persons. ATS is conducting further investigation to establish this. It is also suspected that there could be collusion with licensing authority.

 

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