Yogi government puts arms shops under scanner

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow, 27 Aug

Yogi Adityanath government has put shops dealing in arms and ammunition in Uttar Pradesh under scanner.

The state will launch an intensive drive from September 1 for inspection of all registered arms shops with a view to curbing misuse of armed licenses, such as celebratory firing.

State additional chief secretary (home department) Awanish Kumar Awasthi has directed all district magistrates (DM) to start the month long campaign to cover arms shops falling under their jurisdiction.

They have been directed to ensure compliance of norms regarding renewal of arms licenses, procurement of cartridges etc, apart from routine checking of shops.

According to the union home ministry data, UP residents possessed more than 1/3rd of the total armed licenses issued in India. The state topped the tally with active arms licenses possessed by nearly 1.28 million people, majority of which were taken by citing the reason of personal security.

India had a total of about 3.37 million active gun licenses as on December 31, 2016. UP was followed by Jammu and Kashmir comprising 369,000 people possessing valid arms licenses, with Punjab coming third with nearly 360,000 active arms licenses.

Meanwhile, the Adityanath government is also reportedly taking tough measures to cancel the arms licenses of the mafia elements and criminal-turned-politicians in the state.

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