Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried search operation at 13 locations of Jammu and Kashmir, and NCR in connection with the case of arms licence. It is the first operation of the agency after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. The officials stated that “It has given CBI the jurisdiction to operate there under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.”
The state of Jammu and Kashmir was turned into the Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – on August 5, 2019. The officials added that the search operations are being conducted at the residences of IAS officers Rajiv Ranjan and Yasha Mudgil, and former senior officers.
The operation is being conducted at around 13 locations in Srinagar, Jammu, Gurgaon and Noida. The residence of then deputy commissioners and district magistrates of Kupwara, Baramulla, Udhampur, Kishtwar, Shopian, Rajouri, Doda, Pulwama are being searched in connection with the two CBI cases over the alleged irregularities in the issuance of around two lakh arms licences in Jammu and Kashmir.
The respective Deputy commissioners (DC) and District magistrates (DM) are leading the operation. The case was given to the CBI over a recommendation from Rajasthan Director General of Police OP Galhotra as anti-terror squad (ATS) busted a racket related to the same. Rajasthan ATS estimated that around 4.29 lakh arms licences were issued in the last 10 years from various districts of Jammu and Kashmir.