Jaipur, September 12: The Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a bid to curb terrorism on Monday acted tough and arrested three arms dealer from Jammu, Ajmer and Abohar who supplied arms licence to customers illegally. However, ATS also recovered huge arms and ammunitions from the possession of dealers.
Notably, the Rajasthan ATS carried out top secret operation named 'Operation Zubeida' which was initiated four months ago to investigate an inter-state racket engaged in making arms licenses from terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir for people spread all across the country. ATS raided at an arms dealer residence at Ajmer’s Anasagar Link Road and arrested his son Zubair and took him into custody for further investigation. Also, ATS recovered a huge cache of illegal arms and ammunition.
Importantly, the role of Jammu and Kashmir home department officials is also in under scanner as they are allegedly in complicit with the arms dealer. Therefore, more arrests can be done in near future. During the investigation, over 100 arms licence with a huge cache of weapons has been recovered from raids at 12 locations in four states. Licences were being made in Baramulla, Kathua, Kupwara, Ramban and Jammu.
All 3 accused are identified as Rahul who hails from Jammu, Vishal from Punjab while Zuber Khan from Rajasthan. All 3 accused are aged in the 30s and arrested from their native states. The racket charged sums ranging up to Rs 3 lakh per licenses of All India validity for all kinds of firearms primarily purchased by beneficiaries from the licensed weapon shop of Juber's relative in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh.
Rajasthan ATS Superintendent of Police Vikas Kumar said, “We are investigating the role of officials of Jammu and Kashmir home department". “Though no terror angle has emerged, this appears to be a major chink in a department where licences are sold from anywhere above Rs 3 lakh,” he added.
Also, Vikas further said that licences are being sold like fresh vegetables. SP Vikas further noted that the racket was heavily engaged in making arms licenses from Jammu and Kashmir with all India validity for customers spread across the country.