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ATS arrests 4 more in arms licence racket

Jaipur: Following the arms racket case, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested four more persons. This time the beneficiaries, who had got the arms licences issued by the gang that was busted earlier, were arrested. The arrested included mine owners, businessmen and other white-collared professionals.

Sleuths of ATS have been investigating the case since they had busted a racket almost a fortnight ago and had arrested 10 persons.

“During the searches from Ajmer and Jammu it was found that many people got the arms licenses from this gang. The arrested included Hemendra Kalal, a 24-year-old businessman, Rajesh Kothari, a businessman from Nathdwara, Narendra Kumar and Sumeet Sidana, both natives of Sriganganagar,” said a senior officer of ATS.

Officials claimed that all the four arrested are well settled and from affluent backgrounds.

“One of the accused, Hemendra, is a mine owner of Dungarpur who had gone to England some years ago for studies and left it half way while one Rajesh has just returned from a motorbike expedition from Thailand,” said Vikas Kumar, SP, ATS.
He further stated that since the gang was involved in issuing backdate arms licences, this became a catalyst in getting Hemendra arrested. “He was given the arms license in 2014 by the gang when his age was 21 years. However, he was issued this license in backdate of 2007. Thus, if 2007 is to be believed the age of the accused must be 14 then. Thus, he was caught as how can a minor get hold of arms licence,” he added.

Senior officers added that more arrests are likely in this case as new facts come to the fore.

 

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