Gun license scam: CBI arrests 2 top officers

Two former District Magistrates of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, including an IAS officer, were arrested on Sunday for their alleged involvement in the gun license scam, the CBI said.

During investigations conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation, “the alleged role of ItritHussainRafiqui (a Kashmir Administrative Service officer) and Rajiv Ranjan, IAS, both posted then District Magistrates Kupwara, J&K has surfaced during their tenure as District Magistrates, Kupwara, J&K from the year 2013 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2016 respectively,” a CBI statement said.

The CBI had registered a case on May 17,2018 following an FIR registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK), on the allegations that during the period 2012 to 2016, then District Magistrates/Deputy Commissioners of various districts of J&K were illegally issuing “bulk arms licenses in lieu of a monetary consideration,” the statement added.