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CBI raids multiple locations across Jammu & Kashmir over arms license scam

The CBI had registered a case on the consent of the Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from the central government in 2018 and took over the probe from the state police during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI raids multiple locations across Jammu & Kashmir over arms license scam-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 24, 2021, 12:50 PM IST
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Launching swift action, multiple teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday carried out searches at several locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with its probe into an alleged illegal arms license case. According to CBI sources, the searches began early in the morning. However, no details of the premises where the searches were underway have been shared.

Official sources said that the sleuths of CBI assisted by police and CRPF raided 12 locations in Kashmir division and ten places in Jammu division since early this morning. “All the roads leading to these locations were sealed,” they said.

The 12 locations included the residence of Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department, J&K Government and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mission Youth J&K and Skill Development Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary at Tulsi Bagh government quarters in Srinagar.

Choudhary has served as the deputy commissioner of Rajouri and Srinagar. “The raids were still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.

Senior officials of the agency remain tight-lipped on the developments.

Earlier in 2019, the CBI had raided 13 places. The allegation in the case was that from 2012 to 2016, DCs of various districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Kupwara district, had issued bulk arms licenses for fraudulently and illegally receiving funds.

The CBI had registered a case on the consent of the Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from the central government in 2018 and taken over probe from the state police that during the period 2012 to 2016, the district magistrates of various districts of J&K, including Kupwara had fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licenses in lieu of a monetary consideration.

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