Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Arms licences issued around Protected Areas

In a Public Interest Litigation, Allahabad High Court issued a direction last month to Uttar Pradesh state government that "We also issue a general direction to the effect that hereafter, no licence under the Arms Act, 1959 shall be granted in the State of U.P. without the NOC of the Chief Wild Life Warden in those areas which fall within the purview of Section 34 of the Act of 1972. The State Government shall take
necessary steps to issue directions to all the District Magistrates concerned to take steps with reference to those arms licences which have been granted without complying with the provisions of Section 34 (3) in respect of those areas which fall within a radius of ten kilometers of a sanctuary".

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