Kashmiris held with weapons, Hyderabad cops to dig deeper

On March 29, two persons, Mohammad Mushtaq (55) and Mohammad Ifteqar (28), working in a private oil manufacturing factory in Dharur village, were arrested on charges of possessing two single bore muzzle-loading guns.

By   |  Published: 12th Apr 2018  12:15 am

Hyderabad: Taking a cue from previous instances related to fake gun licences in Jammu & Kashmir, the Vikarabad police is planning to form a special team in order to get more information on the origin of two weapons seized from two Kashmir natives here last month.

On March 29, two persons, Mohammad Mushtaq (55) and Mohammad Ifteqar (28), working in a private oil manufacturing factory in Dharur village, were arrested on charges of possessing two single bore muzzle-loading guns. They were held during a cordon and search operation conducted under the Dharur and Dhornal police station limits, according to Vikarabad (Sub-Division) Deputy Superintendent of Police C Sirisha Raghavendra.

Natives of Poonch district, both Mushtaq and Ifteqar came to Vikarabad to work as security guards at the factory, which, however, shut down later.

Though the two produced licences and related documents, the police now want to take the case to the next level of investigation as there were several doubts over the authenticity of the authority that purportedly issued the licence.

According to a senior police officer, the documents had the licensing authority as ‘Additional District Judge’.

“We suspect that the arms licences will not be issued by the judiciary. After verifying the background details of the suspects, we want to clarify some doubts, especially on the procedure for obtaining arms licences there,” he said.

The officer said last year the Rajasthan State police had taken up an in-depth investigation after the Anti-Terrorism Squad wing busted an inter-State illegal arms licence syndicate.

“We are going to consult the Rajasthan police, if required, to know about the syndicate as this might help in finding some good leads,” he said, adding that the police officials of Poonch district would also be consulted.

Mushtaq and Ifteqar were booked under the Arms Act and remanded in judicial custody.