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The CBI has launched raids across 40 locations in J&K in connection with an arms licence scam.


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting searches at approximately 40 locations, including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, and Delhi, at the official and residential premises of certain former public servants (including IAS, KAS Officers, then DM, then ADM, and others), and approximately 20 gun houses/dealers, as part of an ongoing investigation into a case involving a telecommunications company.

Following a request from the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and a subsequent notification from the Government of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two cases and taken over the investigation of two FIRs, namely No.18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 filed at Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) and No.11 of 2018 filed at Police Station Vigilance Organization Jammu (VOJ), both of which were filed at Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK). It was alleged that more than 2.78 lakh weapons licences were issued to people who were not eligible to receive them. The CBI also gathered documentation pertaining to the issuance of the alleged armed licences, which were distributed across 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the course of the investigation and scrutiny of documents, it was discovered that a number of gun dealers, in collusion with public officials, namely the then DM and ADM of the concerned District, had allegedly issued such illegal arms licences to the ineligible persons. Moreover, it was alleged that the individuals who obtained these licences were not residents of the areas from which the aforementioned arms licences were obtained.

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