Early Times Report
JAMMU, Oct 1: The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has expressed serious concern over delay in renewal of gun licenses in J&K Union Territory. In a statement issued here on Thursday, Rajiv Mahajan, Convener of UDA, said “The high profile fake gun licenses issuance case, which raised eyebrows within bureaucratic setup after involvement of a J&K cadre civil servant, has left the gun license holders in limbo for renewal of their licenses, as files are in possession of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).” While quoting a report of a local daily, Mahajan said that thousands of genuine gun licenses, issued in various districts, have expired but the irony is that they cannot be renewed despite the fact that license-holders have applied for the same.
“We are tired of making rounds from one table to another in the Deputy Commissioner’s office to get our license renewed. But every time, we are sent back with a new excuse, which is a sheer violation of the Public Service Guarantee Act,” he said, adding that due to non-renewal of gun license, we cannot take the weapon outside for our protection,” Mahajan said. He further urged Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma to look into the matter and issue necessary directions in the matter so that genuine applicants may not suffer any more.