Getting prohibited bore arms licence a problem for DhoniNovember 12th, 2008 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
Ranchi, Nov 12 (IANS) Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may already have got the prestigious Khel Ratna award but he is facing scores of problems in obtaining an arms licence for a prohibited bore weapon.Dhoni had applied for an arms licence for a prohibited bore weapon, issued by the government under special circumstances, in August this year. But in spite of being a celebrity, he has not been issued the licence even three months on.
On the other hand, doubts have seemingly been raised about his character.
A comment by the Commissioner of Chhotanagpur region Sheela Kisku Rapaz on the application of Dhoni has surprised everyone.
“First get the clearance from Superintendent of Police (vigilance), SP (special branch) and SP (CID) and then process the file. Verification is must in the given scenario that the extremism and terrorism cases are rising,” said the commissioner.
A source close to Dhoni’s family said: “Is Dhoni a small figure. It is ridiculous to verify Dhoni’s credentials and raise the issue of terrorism and extremism.”
After obtaining a prohibited bore licence, Dhoni plans to buy a 9 mm pistol, a source said. Dhoni already possesses a non-prohibitory bore licence which he was issued in 2006. As per law, a person can keep licences for three weapons.
The district administration officials expressed surprise over Dhoni’s move as he is covered under Y-category security. He is also provided security cover by women commandos to tackle his female fans.
“Dhoni seems to be unsatisfied with the security cover,” they said.