Catch big fishes

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has imposed a ban on the issuance of fresh arms licenses in the state. The decision was taken after the reports about indiscriminate issuance of arms licenses in eight districts of Jammu and Kashmir went viral and it was reported that most of the licenses were fake.
The discrepancies were pointed out by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and National Database for Arms Licenses (NDAL) and different media organizations.
According to the media reports during the past few years more than 40,000 armed licenses have been issued from eight districts. These districts are Kishtwar, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi and Udhampur in Jammu region; Kupwara and Ganderbal in Kashmir and Leh in Ladakh region. Most of these licenses have been reportedly issued to non state subjects.
Despite J&K being conflict zone maximum armed licenses have been issued in the state. There were reports in the media that issuance of the armed licenses had turned into a big Mafia. These cases were highlighted during the PDP-BJP regime and it’s believed that this trade flourished during the previous regime. One fails to understand why didn’t the previous regime took a note of it and took measures to stop this trade.
The Governor’s administration has ordered a Vigilance probe and there is every possibility about skeletons tumbling out. Issuing gun licenses in the conflict zone could prove dangerous. The government has cancelled all the licenses which were issued since Jan 2017 to Feb 2018. The State Vigilance Organization has been assigned a challenging job and the SVO sleuths would have to work hard to expose the big fishes who patronized this dangerous trade.