J-K man among 7 held in Hyderabad fake gun license racket

Hyderabad Police have busted a fake gun license racket which had its origin in the Rajouri district of Jammu region by arresting a native of the border district and others and recovered fake licenses and weapons, reported the Daily Excelsior.

The racket has been busted with the arrest of seven persons including the mastermind from the Rajouri district who has been identified as Altaf Hussain.

Real weapons were being procured by using fake licenses prepared by the accused, official reports said.

As per the report, a Task Force of Hyderabad Police has seized 30 single-bore weapons, three double-bore weapons, one revolver, 140 rounds, 34 fake weapon license books, 29 unused weapons license books, 9 weapon licenses which were affixed with fake stamps, 6 rubber stamps and one unsigned NOC.

The accused used fake seals of license issuing officials and forged the signatures to prepare the fake arms licenses and procured real weapons, thus, posing a great danger to security as illegal weapons were in circulation and being used for various purposes by dubious means, sources said.

Hussain had been putting up in Hyderabad since 2013 to earn a livelihood and joined Grace Management Security Service. Later, he was deployed as a gunman in SIS cash service, West Marredpally.

Prior to his employment in Hyderabad, he, as per the report, purchased a double-bore gun using a fake arms license in the Rajouri district which he had obtained by bribing the local Magistrate office.

“As he was familiar with the process and license details he teamed up with Hafeezuddin, a stamp vendor in Secunderabad, and started issuing fake gun licenses by indulging in forgery and affixing fake seals. These fake documents have been used to procure real arms,” sources told the Daily Excelsior.

Hussain later started issuing fake arms licenses and trapped the unemployed youth residing in J-K who tried to make a living as security guards in private security firms. Using the fake All India Licenses (Rajouri-based), weapons were procured from other States by these gullible youths for 40,000 rupees to 60,000 rupees.

According to the police, this happened with the connivance of Venkata Konda Reddy, Regional Manager at Grace Management Security Services and I. Srinivas, a Xerox shop owner in West Marredpally.

The accused used to collect 20,000 rupees from each unemployed youngster and later deployed them in various private security agencies. Asian Security Services, Nandamuri Security & Services, Grace Management Security Services engaged security guards, who were in possession of illicit weapons, and deployed them to their clientele which includes VIPs, jewelry showrooms, agencies engaged in carrying ATM cash and as personal security guards.