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Stay on licence for ‘toy’ weapons

New Delhi (PTI): Accepting the review applications of two arms manufacturers’ associations, Delhi High Court has stayed its earlier order making it mandatory to acquire licences even for purchasing toy weapons — air guns and air pistols — used for practising purposes.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice A.K. Sikri stayed the operation of Paragraph 18 of the court order issued in early 2002 quashing the Centre’s 1962 notification that exempted air guns and air pistols from being included under the licensed category weapons.

The earlier order making it mandatory to acquire licences for these weapons, passed on the petition of former Union minister Maneka Gandhi’s People For Animals, was sought to be reviewed by the National Rifle Association of India and the Small Arms Manufacturers’ Association on the ground that it would affect the promotion of “shooting sport” in the country.

The associations also stated that the order was passed without they being made party to the case and that it would affect their interests adversely.

The court had quashed the notification exempting air guns and air pistols from acquiring licence under the Arms Act after accepting the PFA’s contention that these were being “misused” for killing small birds and reptiles.

The associations said there were sufficient provisions under the Wild Life Protection Act to take action against people found misusing “toy arms” like air guns and air pistols.

Swoop on PWG arms supplier

Patiala (PTI): Four persons, including a local arms dealer, have been arrested with a big consignment of arms and ammunition reportedly meant for the People’s War Group and the Ranbir Sena, a police official said.

The four were arrested at a railway crossing while moving around in a vehicle with a Madhya Pradesh registration number, superintendent of police Paramraj Singh Umrangal said.

The arms and ammunition were concealed inside a special compartment constructed underneath the vehicle, he said.

The consignment, including 13 different weapons and over 10,000 cartridges, were meant for supply to the PWG and the Ranbir Sena, the officer said, quoting preliminary interrogation of the arrested.

He said 12 fake arms licences issued in Bihar, Assam and Jharkhand were also recovered from the vehicle.

Africans in drugs net

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has remanded 10 Africans in police custody till November 16 on the charge of taking drugs on the streets of Mumbai. They were arrested on November 1.

The accused hail from Tanzania, Somalia and Nigeria and most of them are alleged drug addicts and figure among those who have earlier jumped bail or have been granted bail.

Cop kills labourer

Nashik (PTI): A 26-year-old labourer was allegedly beaten to death by a railway police constable at Nashik Road railway station, about 8 km from here. Police said Suresh Salve from the Marathwada region was leaving for his native place with his family when he had an altercation with the constable.

Criminals held

Jaipur (PTI): Three hardcore criminals, allegedly wanted in more than two dozen cases, including murder, loot and kidnapping, were arrested here. The three, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested when they were forcibly trying to take away a rented taxi on Sunday, police said.

Dubai deaths

Dubai (PTI): Two Indians and a Pakistani were killed when a crane they were working on at the Dubai dry dock collapsed, the second such accident in less than a year. The Indians were identified as Devassy Cheriyan from Ankamaly in Kerala and Rajappa from Karnataka.

Gangster shot

Chennai (PTI): A gangster, wanted in seven cases, including two for murder, was shot dead by a city police inspector on Sunday after he attacked the policeman with a long knife. The police were tracking him after he had allegedly burgled the house of a city corporation councillor earlier in the day.

Liquor unit busted

Indore (PTI): Police raided a spurious liquor factory and arrested two persons on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, police laid a trap and seized a truck carrying four drums of liquor and spirit worth Rs 7.5 lakh, leading to the arrest of the duo. Based on their confession, they raided the factory.

Devotees thronged the Golden Temple in Amritsar when rare historical items were displayed as part of Diwali celebrations. A 20 pound gold canopy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh adorned with sapphire, diamonds and pearls is among the major attractions.

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