Girl, man arrested for selling semi-automatic weapons
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 18:17
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have cracked an arms syndicate which allegedly sells semi- automatic weapons and ammunition to criminals with the arrest of two persons, including a 20-year-old girl.

Zainab Nisha, who is pursuing Class XII through Open School stream, and Riyaz Mohammed alias Pappu (42) were apprehended from a restaurant in Brijouri near Wazirabad on Tuesday evening.

Four semi-automatic pistols, concealed in separate card board boxes in bags, were recovered from their possession, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Shibesh Singh said.

The duo were part of a larger syndicate which is involved in gun-running and supply of ammunition to the criminals in Delhi and National Capital Region, he said.

During interrogation, Mohammed told police that he procures arms allegedly from his brother-in-law, who is also a member of this syndicate, and brought the consignment to Delhi with the help of women, Singh said.

"Nisha, acting as marketing executive, used to look for prospective clients among criminals in Delhi and NCR. Once a buyer is found, Nisha used to inform Mohammed and accompany him for safe delivery of the consignment to the buyer in Delhi," he said.

To evade suspicion of police, the gang used to rope in women to accompany them to deliver the consignment from one place to another or to a local agent.

"Normally a man and a woman is seen as a couple and they do not evoke suspicion. They also used to take elaborate precaution in wrapping of the weapon so as to avoid detection when subjected to checks by police or X-Ray scanners," the police officer said.

The gang allegedly used to purchase weapons from Munger in Bihar and some other places in Jharkhand and used to conceal them footwear packets, a senior police official said.

Mohammed is a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad town, while Nisha stays in Mustafabad area in the capital. Besides pursuing her studies, Nisha also does part-time jobs.


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 18:17

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