Verification of gun licences

Exactly like in reel world, and the style of functioning, nay intimidating the law enforcing authorities, the mafia has been seen in real ‘world’ brandishing weapons to silence and frighten those Government officials who question illegal mining in Ravi River in District Kathua. Their writ is not large only in and around Kathua district but even in adjoining Pathankot and other areas in Punjab.
On the basis of having received numerous complaints of intimidation and physical threats, the district administration of Kathua has directed the District Police Authorities to carry out verification of gun licences in the name of crusher unit owners and other connected persons to ward off any untoward incident. On the other hand, what exactly is Geology and Mining Department doing and why is it not taking any initiative in respect of the findings of the joint team from different departments in respect of illegal mining, looting the mineral wealth of the river and exceeding the limit of extracting and even by those who had no licences. We appreciate the initiative taken by the Kathua administration and would urge Geology and Mining Department to work in tandem with the District authorities so that the mafia was contained and subjected to rigors of law and arms kept without proper licences confiscated and accused owners prosecuted under provisions of Arms Act.