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India. 2010 ‘Challenges of Illicit SALW in India.’ National Report of India on its Implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, In a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (and the UNPoA); Chapter 2, p. 5. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. 31 January
Challenges of Illicit SALW in India
India continues to face the challenge of proliferation of illicit SALW which are
smuggled into the country by various anti-national groups. The seizures of illicit SALW, by security forces, from terrorists provide an indicative assessment of the problem they pose.
In Jammu and Kashmir and the north eastern areas alone, the security forces in the preceding two decades have, seized approximately 48,000 weapons of all types, whose markings clearly indicated that these were brought into India through illicit channels. Such Illicit trafficking of SALW continues to pose a significant challenge to the Government.
In the last three years alone (2007-09), the number of illicit SALW seized or confiscated by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and in the north eastern areas was approximately 4,370. The Government of India remains committed to taking all necessary measures to put an end to such illicit flows.
At the same time, the government has also taken effective measures to ensure that the weapons confiscated/seized by security/police forces do not find their way back into illicit trade channels or fall into the hands of unscrupulous elements.
A small amount of crude "country-made" weapons are also found to be produced clandestinely in India. Since almost all terrorist activities involve the use of illegal weapons, including small arms, organisations indulging in such activities are declared as "unlawful" under the provisions of relevant acts.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]