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HC: Trace weapon looted during Jat quota agitation or pay owner Gives Rohtak Police Three Weeks To Find Arms That Went Missing

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA JULY 18

HC: Trace weapon looted during Jat quota agitation or pay owner
Gives Rohtak Police Three Weeks To Find Arms That Went Missing
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

In a rare case, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Rohtak police to trace a revolver deposited with local police by a licensed holder that was allegedly looted during February 2016 Jat violence, or pay the value of the revolver to its owner.


“The respondents (police authorities) are directed to trace and return the weapon in question to the petitioner within three months and to renew the licence. In case, the state is unable to trace the weapon, it is directed to pay back the current market value to the petitioner within one week thereafter,” the high court ordered.

The order will also bring relief for several other persons whose weapons were stolen, snatched, or looted during the February 2016 violence in which around 31people were killed and property worth crores was damaged.

Rohtak was the epicentre of the agitation and around 104 weapons owned by private persons, which were deposited at Meham police station, and a local gun house were looted and are yet to be recovered.

The matter reached the high court as part of a petition filed by Shiv Kumar of Rohtak district. In his plea, the petitioner said that during the Haryana panchayat polls, he had deposited his licensed revolver (No FG-21601-08) in Meham police station of Rohtak district on December 25, 2015.However, he was informed that the said revolver was misplaced or stolen from the custody of the police on February 20, 2016. The petitioner submitted that neither has he been compensated for the loss of his revolver nor was he being permitted to purchase another revolver/firearm on the same licence.

Responding to the petition, the police authorities submitted that the weapon was looted from the police station during the Jat agitation in February 2016.

On this, the petitioner sought directions for reimbursement of the current cost of the weapon. He also placed on record the documents regarding the value of the weapon.

Hearing all the parties, Justice Jitendra Chauhan directed the Haryana police to trace the weapon within three months and if they are unable to find the weapon, the current market price of the revolver should be paid to the petitioner

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