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
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.