Studies show that some of the most atrocious crimes are committed using arms or weapons. In this case, if arms can be procured easily using fake names and addresses, it becomes very helpful for criminals to commit the crime and run away without leaving any major evidence. Recently, one such racket was exposed in Haryana, that issued fake arms licences.
It was reported that residents and criminals were acquiring arms licences by furnishing fake addresses and documents belonging to people staying at Nagaland. Police investigators revealed that the procurement of such licences was facilitated by arms dealers and some officials on payment of about Rs. 1 to 1.5 lakh. Even though the police authorities have begun cancelling such arms licences and confiscating the arms in the state, this seems to have exposed a looming problem not only in Haryana, but also in many other states in India. This is a serious cause of concern for the administrative and police authorities in the state.
Rackets issuing fake arms licences have been reported for the past few decades from a number of states in India, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. In Haryana, an existence of a similar racket was reported in 2001, which issued over 28,000 fake arms licences between 1997 and 2000. Despite several investigations, this problem does not seem to end. It seems like the police have not been able to bust the entire racket and put a stop to this heinous activity. Such negligence can cost heavily in future.
According to the crime statistics (2012), it was found that the state has a very low conviction rate of 7.9%, which means that out of 100 people caught only 7.9 people are convicted. This statistic can give a major boost to the criminals, and it also raises the issue of civilian security in the state. There is an immediate need to curb this menace. The government should draft policies that prohibit the running of such arms licence deals in the state. The arms dealers who were arrested in such cases, should be convicted in front of the court of law. The people of Haryana should not live in fear of being suddenly shot to death. A database should be maintained regarding every person possessing arms. The arms licences should be regularly checked, so that there is no discrepancy in their ownership.
A crime free Haryana can be the future, if such arms licences and arms deals are ousted from the state and eventually the country.