Nearly 5 of 10 firearms siezed in the country come from Uttar Pradesh. Possession of firearms or ammunition without a valid license is an offence under the Arms Act. But crime and violence is nothing new in India’s most prized political battlefield. Add Madhya Pradesh to the mix and that accounts for 60% of all firearm seizures in India.
Bring on Rajasthan and that’s a cool 7 in 10 guns.
States south of the Narmada stand out in stark contrast, though. Less than a total of 1000 firearms were seized in all South Indian states put together in both 2014 and 2015.
The total is a whopping 50,000 arms.
No wonder that lawlessness is making people vote with their feet - there are more than 8 million internal migrants in India.
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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2017 21:28:44 IST