Thursday, 17 December 2009

Gurgaon to verify licensed arms

If you stay in Gurgaon and have a licensed firearm, get ready to deposit it with the police.

Staring Friday, station house officers (SHOs) of all 23 police stations in Gurgaon will start a verification drive of armed licenses issued so far.

All licensed weapons in Gurgaon will have to be deposited in police stations by March 31, about six months before the start of the Commonwealth Games next year.

Owners of licensed weapons would have to start depositing their arms between March 1 and 31 next year after the licence verification drive ended, said joint police commissioner Alok Mittal. The JCP on Thursday issued orders to the deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) of east, west and South zones in this regard. Gurgaon has over 5000 arms license holders.

"We have received a communication from the Union Ministry of Home, asking us to get all the licensed arms deposited in police stations in Gurgaon at least six months before the start of Commonwealth Games next year. I have directed the DCPs of all three zones to start the exercise from Friday only and further direct their SHOs for the same," Mittal said.

Gurgaon is likely to host a couple of events such as shooting at the CRPF shooting range in Bhondsi village just off Sohna Road. Thousands of domestic and foreign guests are likely to board hostels and guesthouses in Gurgaon.


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