Investigate; MPs charged with serious crimes get guns from government alleges “The Hindu” report: The Human Rescue Team

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MPs charged with serious crimes get guns from government

NEW DELHI, August 2, 2012

Shalini Singh

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/article3714890.ece

Prohibited bore weapons ending up in hands of politicians

Even as the government has sought to turn off the tap on gun ownership among ordinary Indian citizens, official records show it has sold lethal, prohibited bore weapons to 82 Members of Parliament — at least 13 of whom have themselves declared serious pending criminal cases, including charges of murder, attempt to murder, and kidnapping.

Data on all allotment of guns between August 31, 2001 and April 12, 2012, obtained from the Customs Department’s Anti-Smuggling Unit by RTI activist Ambrish Pandey, show the beneficiaries include Atiq Ahmad, who had 44 criminal cases pending against him at the time the department allotted him a Ruger Rifle M-77 Mark II on August 8, 2006. Similar allotments have been made to Abu Asim Azmi and Rakesh Sachan, both of whom have seven cases pending against them; P.D. Elanguan (5 cases); Afzal Ansari, Brajesh Pathak and Kapil Muni (4 cases each); Rakesh Pandey, R.K. Singh Patel, Sangeeta Kumari Deo and Dharam Raj Singh with 3 cases each; and Jual Oram, Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Dayabhai V. Patel, C. Kuppuswami, Yashvir Singh and Ravinder Singh Pandey with one criminal case each (see chart on Page 10).

Until 1990, government policies mandated that confiscated weapons of bores prohibited by the government — 9mm pistols, handguns of .38 and .455 caliber, .303 rifle, as well as all semi-automatic and fully-automatic guns — be put to use by departments like the police.

Non-prohibited bore weapons could be given to government officials on lease, subject to the condition that they would be returned after their retirement or superannuation. From March 1990, it was decided to sell surplus non-prohibited bore weapons, at near market rate plus a 250% customs duty, to MPs and other VIPs.

During this period, despite the government citing a shortage of stock to many, MP Rajendra Agnihotri was sold 2 weapons, while MP Renu Kumari’s weapon was exchanged in May 2001, just seven months from the date of sale.

The policy was revised on July 15, 2002 with an additional rider that MPs will be eligible for allotment of a weapon only if they submit in writing that they do not own or possess any weapon at the time of filing their application. “The Members of Parliament will be sold weapons on a first come, first served basis. The Finance Minister’s order has to be taken in each specific case,” the policy stated.

The policy, the data shows,

(Continued on Page 10..kindly go through media link above)

 

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