A team of officers with Maharashta Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) is in Nagaland to trace the source of fake gun licences seized in a bust last month. The licences,which were allegedly supplied to people trying to get jobs as armed security guards,bore forged insignia saying they had been issued in Nagaland.
On August 8 this year,the Kalachowkie unit of ATS had arrested Yakub Ali Rauf (46) and Jamaal Hussain (34) from Wadala and seized a total of six 12-bore double barrel rifles,26 live cartridges,eight forged licences and four blank licences from them.
The suspects told us they had been running the racket for the past three years, said an ATS officer.
The officer added that Rauf and Hussain would buy 12-bore double barrel rifles,often used by armed security guards,from Jammu & Kashmir and bring them to Mumbai,after which they would make forged licences in their house. They would then sell the guns along with the licences for Rs 25,000-35,000. The suspects were cashing in on the fact that securing employment as an armed security guard is easier if one has a 12-bore rifle with a licence. Mumbai polices arms and ammunition branch has also been informed that many armed security guards in Mumbai could be working on fake licences, the officer added.
In February,the Crime Branch property cell had arrested 21 security guards for allegedly violating terms and conditions of their gun licences.