BSF Commandant Booked in IOK Arms Licence Case

New Delhi, October 02 (Kashmir Voice): A commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been booked by the CBI for aiding the force personnel get private arms licences from sensitive Rajouri and Shopian districts in Kashmir by using fake documents.
According to media sources, the agency has registered an FIR against the then Commandant of the 131 battalion Sukhwinder Singh, owner of Nav Durga Gun House in Jammu, PK Sharma, and a retired district magistrate of Rajouri, Faquir Chand Bhagat, for conspiracy, cheating, violation of the Arms Act and corruption. The FIR has been registered after a three-year-long preliminary enquiry initiated on the 2014 complaint of the then Additional Director General (operations) KK Sharma, now the chief of the BSF. It is reported that Sukhwinder Singh abused his official position and arranged the meeting of Sharma, an ex-BSF constable, with jawans of the BSF and persuaded them to get private licences in lieu of Rs 12,000 each from nine jawans in 2013. None of these licence applicants posted at the Frontier Headquarter, Gandhinagar, in Gujarat belonged to Rajouri and Shopian from where the licences were issued, the FIR said. These licences were issued on the basis of false and forged documents knowingly using them as genuine, the FIR said. “In furtherance of the conspiracy, Faquir Chand Bhagat, the then District Magistrate, Rajouri by misusing his official position issued all the questioned arms licenses in violation of existing rules and procedure and without due verification prior to issuance of arms license on the basis of false and forged documents,” it said. KASHMIR VOICE
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