Jharkhand Assembly polls: Over 480 fire-arms license holders may be axed for defying directives

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Jamshedpur: In view of the ensuing Assembly Elections, over 480 fire-arms license holders may be axed and their license cancelled for not following the administration’s directive to surrender the fire-arms within a stipulated date.

According to information the license holders will be served show-cause for not following by the administration directive and if their reply is not satisfied, then the licenses will be cancelled.

District Arms Magistrate, Manmohan Prasad said that there are in all 1,610 arms license holders in the East Singhbhum district.

” As have resolved to take strict action against those not following orders. Pistols or rifles owners were instructed to surrender their fire-arms either in the concerned thana or with the fire-arms stores between November 10 to November 16. Of the total license holders, 788 surrendered.  We have exempted 300 license holders, including 250 security guards of various company, from surrendering their fire-arms, but 488 did not follow the directive. Those not following the directive will have to face action,” said Prasad.

Prasad said that the administration will accept service show-cause 3 pm of November 21 during which those defied the directive will have to submit their reply.

” We have also decided that a review committee comprising deputy commissioner, Ravi Shankar Shukla and senior SP, Anoop Birtharay will scrutinise the answers. Those whose replies will not found satisfactory will be cancelled,” said the Arms magistrate. He said that they had followed same policy during the Lok Sabha elections too. This time too they are serious about those holding the licenses to abide the law. 

Prasad said they are giving such license holder a chance to submit their reply because some of them might be hospitalised or out of station during the period when they were supposed to submit the fire-arms.

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