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Indian Teen Shoots Himself Dead While Taking a Selfie

3 May 2016


Last Friday night, 15-year-old Ramandeep Singh wanted to take a selfie. However, as The Indian Express reports, he chose to take one while posing with his dad's pistol. He accidentally shot himself in the head, was taken to hospital in Ludhiana, India, and died from his injuries. The Telegraph reports that instead of pressing the button on his phone to take the picture, he pulled the gun's trigger. The safety catch, police say, wasn't on. The Punjab Police didn't... (

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Punjabi Buyers Queue for New Lightweight "Ladies' Revolver"

8 April 2016

Times of India

KANPUR -- Eager buyers from Punjab are queueing up to buy 'Nirbheek', the light-weight revolver made by Kanpur's Field Gun Factory exclusively for women. Sales figures reveal that of the total number of applications received for the gun, almost three-fourth were from Punjab. "Nirbheek, meaning 'fearless' in Hindi, is fast becoming popular among Punjab folks. About 70-75% guns are being sold to arms dealers from Punjab. However, Delhi women top the chart in purchase of... (

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Purse Gun for Women Named for Famous India Rape Victim

19 March 2016

Times of India

KANPUR - The light-weight handgun made exclusively for women after the Delhi gang rape incident, Nirbheek, may soon be available in multiple colours. "Market feedback has shown that women want Nirbheek in multiple colours. Though we are ready for the switch over, a final decision is yet to be taken," said Sanjeev Kumar, additional general manager of the Field Gun Factory, on the occasion of Ordnance Factory Day here on Friday. The Field Gun Factory is producing the... (

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United States,India

Op-Ed: The 'Have Gun, Will Shoot' Mindset in India and America

11 June 2014

Daily Pioneer (India), Opinion

In the US, powerful pro-gun lobbies have repeatedly sabotaged every attempt by lawmakers to make the possession of guns more difficult. In India too, it's not very difficult to secure a gun licence. This is a bad omen Lawmakers in California in the United States are now mulling stricter gun control laws after a young man in the University of California killed six college students and himself. The young man was able to buy three guns and go on a rampage despite warnings... (

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Indian Police Shocked to Find 'Sophisticated' Locally Made AK-47, Handguns

7 June 2014

Times of India

NEW DELHI - Had he been still alive, Mikhail Kalashnikov may have been surprised to witness such informal transfer of technology from Russia to a small town in Bihar. Even sleuths of Delhi Police's special cell were taken back when their operation to bust a gunrunning racket in northeast Delhi led them to recover an AK-47 made in Munger. Though police first thought an international arms dealer was involved, a brief interrogation of the three suspects arrested along... (

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Most Illegal Homemade Guns in Indian State Marked as Made Overseas

3 May 2014

Times of India

Navi Mumbai - Most illegal country-made guns, which are seized by the police in Navi Mumbai, have markings such as 'Made in USA', 'Made in England' and 'Made in Austria'. However, Navi Mumbai crime branch officials said that despite tall claims, these guns are primarily manufactured in foundries in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, and later sold in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, and Haryana, among others, at cheap rates. "We have so far seized 17 illegal country... (

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Ghost Boat Smuggles Weapons into India from Pakistan

8 April 2014

Daily Mail (UK)

A large consignment of weapons has reportedly been smuggled into India from Bangladesh after being shipped from Pakistan, backing the Home Ministry's apprehensions that sea routes could be used for arms trafficking ahead of the polls. Indian intelligence agencies tracked a boat named Padma that was docked at Kutubdia port in Bangladesh about two weeks ago. The vessel was used to transport the consignment of weapons, which was offloaded at the port before being... (

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Police Battle Illegal Arms Ahead of India Elections

2 April 2014

Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)

NEW DELHI - While gun laws in India are strict, local police are battling a growing problem of illegal firearms. It is a major concern in the lead-up to the general elections, along with illicit liquor. Firearms made in the countryside are bought in bulk by local political workers. Ahead of the general elections which are due in a fortnight, the guns are used for protection in clashes, or to intimidate rural voters. The police and the Election Commission maintain a... (

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100,000 Guns Held, Some Seized, Licences Cancelled in Madhya Pradesh

15 March 2014

Web India 123

Ever since the promulgation of the Model Code of Conduct on March 5 in view of coming Lok Sabha polls, 1,03,610 licensed weapons have been deposited while 828 licensed weapons have been seized and 216 arms licenses cancelled. The measures are a part of large-scale security arrangements being undertaken to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, an official release said yesterday. Besides, 7,366 non-bailable warrants have been issued including 1,104... (

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755 Guns Handed to Authorities in India

14 March 2014

Times of India

CHANDIGARH - The armoury of police at police lines, Sector 26, has turned into a gallery of weapons surrendered by city residents despite the passage of the last date for depositing them on Wednesday. As many as 755 firearms of different brands, mostly foreign-made, were surrendered in the armoury since March 8. Nonetheless, the officials are accepting more weapons. The majority of surrendered weapons belong to Smith and Wesson, Winchester, Ruger, Heckler & Koch, and... (

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Indian Officials Cracking Down on Illegal Homemade Gun Factories

13 March 2014

Times of India

RAJKOT - Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajkot police cracked down on an illegal weapon manufacturing unit in Sardhar village near Jasdan and arrested five persons besides recovering 10 country made firearms and six cartridges. Police commissioner Mohan Jha said, "The general elections are approaching and we are taking preventive measures while keeping a watch on illegal activities. We have arrested Manhar alias Munno Jadeja, Sindha... (

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Illegal Homemade Guns Easily Available in Indian Region

9 March 2014

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In Mamata Banerjee's Bengal, at least one business is flourishing – manufacturing and sales of guns and bombs. The TMC chief, who famously drove Tata Nano out of Bengal, is finding very tough to rein in the illegal arms manufacturers, who are out to make a fast buck in the election season. "We are keeping round-the-clock vigil and are conducting frequent raids," Howrah police commissioner Ajey Ranade told HT. Ranade would know as he supervised a joint operation... (

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Six Indians Arrested in Nepal for Alleged Arms Smuggling

27 February 2014

Himalayan Times (Kathmandu)

KATHMANDU - Six Indian nationals have been arrested at Biratnagar in eastern Nepal and arms and ammunition seized from them, Nepal Police said Thursday. Muralidhar Das, Bikas Kumar Paswan, Nitesh Kumar Yadav, Pramod Kumar Tanti, Phantus Tanti and Subodh Paswan of Bhagalpur district in India's Bihar state, who entered Nepal in a Tata Indica car, were arrested Wednesday evening. Morang district's Superintendent of Police Bishworaj Pokharel said five 7.65 mm and 9 mm... (

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Indian Army Soldier Kills 5 Colleagues, Himself

27 February 2014


SRINAGAR, India - A soldier at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir killed five of his colleagues Thursday before turning his gun on himself, the military said. The soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle in the barracks of the camp in the town of Safapora, roughly 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the capital, Srinagar, said military spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi. An investigation into the shooting has been ordered, Joshi said. Kashmir is a mountainous... (

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Police Officer Checking Gun Accidentally Shoots, Kills Colleague in India

20 February 2014

Times of India

NAGPUR - A head constable in his forties was declared dead at a private hospital on Wednesday after sustaining a bullet injury in the stomach at Ajni headquarters of Government Railway Police. Another constable, who was injured in the incident, has been booked for causing death due to negligence. The incident took place as constable Eknath Lahutkar tested the firearm without taking due precaution when head constable Rajesh Bagdikar was returning a pistol to the unit... (

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Hundreds of Thousands of Private Guns Licensed in India

7 February 2014

Indian Express

Governments across the country have issued 19.80 lakh private gun licences in 324 districts, or in just under half the country's 671 districts. States that have suffered terrorism and those with poor social indicators top the list. Uttar Pradesh, which has 16.50 per cent of the country's population, has issued 11.23 lakh private licences, according to a government affidavit filed in the Allahabad High Court last year. The district-wise data were received over four... (

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Kalashnikov Eyes Indian Partners for Firearms Production

6 February 2014

RIA Novosti (Russia)

NEW DELHI – Russia's Kalashnikov Concern is in talks with several Indian companies on setting up joint ventures to produce small arms and high-precision weaponry, a company official said Thursday. "India for us is a market with high potential…and we are marketing here all weapons on our production list, including assault rifles, sniper rifles and high-precision weapons," Andrei Baryshnikov, Kalashnikov exports director, said at the DEFEXPO INDIA-2014 exhibition in... (

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Thailand,Myanmar,Nepal,India,South Asia,Bangladesh,China

Smuggling of China-Made Weapons Highlights Bangladesh as Transit Point

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (

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Swiss Gun Maker 'Fighting for Survival': Money, Corruption [DE]

3 February 2014

20 Minutes (Geneva)

[Translated summary: Swiss gun maker SAN Swiss Arms, supplier of the standard Swiss military assault rifle, faces money woes, staff layoffs and allegations of corruption. SAN's German parent company SIG-Sauer has been raided by police over unauthorised gun deliveries to Kazakhstan, possibly routed via the US to avoid sanctions.] Die SAN Swiss Arms aus Neuhausen SH produziert als Nachfolgerin der SIG das Sturmgewehr 90 der Schweizer Armee und hat derzeit Probleme an... (

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Indian State Begins Digitization of Gun Licences, 'Smart Cards' for Owners

3 February 2014

Times of India

CHENNAI - Tamil Nadu has initiated digitization of records of arms licences under the National Database on Arms Licence (NDAL). Punjab is the only state to complete the project. NDAL state coordinator V Suresh said the process began last week so that the state will be part of the web-based NDAL system designed to curb illegal arms. Under the system, arms licence holders will be given a smart card linked to a central database which is being compiled by the ministry of... (

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