Star hotel guards held for gun licence violation

Hyderabad: Three Bihari’s posted as security personnel at a star hotel in the city were nabbed for violating gun licence norms and the Arms Act. The trio procured licences on the pretext of `self-protection’ and got hired as security personnel through a city-based security agency.

The Task Force Central Zone sleuths nabbed the trio and seized three 12 bore SBBL guns, their licences and 24 live cartridges.

The trio hail from various parts of Bihar and are working at the Marriott Hotel at Tank Bund. They were residing at Kavadiguda.

The accused, 33- y e a r Dhanunjay Kumar Sharma of Beri village, 20-year Sujith Sharma of Koilawa and 36- year Ramji Gupta alias Ramjee Guptha of Tiloute, procured individual gun licences by fraudulent means from the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur/ Wokha districts of Nagaland for possessing 12 bore SBBL guns with live ammunition for `selfprotection.’ They paid Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 to agents for each licence.

With the help of these licences, they purchased firearms with ammunition from different sources.

DCP, Task Force, VB Kamalasan Reddy said that the trio procured the weapons after learning that many persons from Bihar got jobs as gunmen or security guards in Hyderabad for a handsome salary.

They came to the city over a year back but did not register their gun licences with the local police which was against the norms.

They joined Advance Group Security Services located at Ameerpet by showing the gun licence and firearms. The security agency attached them as gunmen/security guards to its clients.

Police said they are yet to verify the genuineness of the gun licences issued at Nagaland.

The accused, along with the firearms and ammunition, were handed over to the Gandhi Nagar police for further action.

Police cautioned individuals and security agencies not to utilise the services of `self-protection’ gun licence holders as armed security personnel as it was violative of licence norms and an offence under the Arms Act.

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