New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday sent a girl,
who is alleged to be a part of a syndicate selling illegal
semi-automatic weapons and ammunition to criminals, to an
observation home, terming her to be a minor.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav took into
consideration the findings of a medical board to conclude that
the girl, who is pursuing Class XII through Open School
stream, is a juvenile.
"Now that there is prima facie material on the basis of
which the accused appears to be a minor, she should not be
sent to judicial custody. She should immediately be shifted to
observation home," the court said.
The court had ordered the constitution of a medical board
to go into the issue of determining the age of the girl,
arrested on November 12 along with Riyaz Mohammed alias Pappu
(42), her accomplice by Delhi police`s Special Cell.
"Today, the report of the ossification (bone) test of the
accused done through a medical board has been placed before
me, whereby it has been opined that the age of the accused is
more than 17 years but less than 20 years," CMM Yadav said.
The court, meanwhile, directed Munna Baksh, who claimed
himself to be the father of the accused, to approach Juvenile
Justice Board for deciding his application seeking custody as
well as the bail.
The police claimed to have busted a racket with the
arrest of the girl and her associate from a restaurant in
Brijouri near Wazirabad here. They also claimed to have
recovered four semi-automatic pistols from their possession.
According to the police, the gang used to purchase
weapons from Munger in Bihar and some other places in
Jharkhand and bring them to the capital after concealing them
in footwear packets.