Ten gun runners arrested in Delhi

Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed to have smashed two gun running rackets stretching from Bihar to the national capital with the arrest of ten youths and recovery of 11 pistols.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 18:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed to
have smashed two gun running rackets stretching from Bihar to
the national capital with the arrest of ten youths and
recovery of 11 pistols.

While a gang of seven was apprehended by Crime Branch in
a span of four days from November 18, South District Police
arrested three persons on November 19.

The arrests by Crime Branch team came following
investigations into an input about the operations of Sandeep
Dahiya, the alleged kingpin of the racket, Deputy Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

"Dahiya told police that he along with his accomplice
Vicky Sharma procured weapons from Bihar and sold them in NCR.

They used to procure a weapon for around Rs 18,000 and then
sell it for more than 30,000," Chand said.

They also used to go for a barter system, exchanging
stolen vehicles for weapons and ammunition.

Besides Dahiya (25) and Vicky (20), the other persons
arrested were identified as Anil Sharma (30), Surender (24),
Surender alias Bhondra (30), Abdul Sattar (22) and Mohd Asif
(20), police said.

"The firearms were manufactured in Bihar and smuggled to
Delhi," Chand said adding, two stolen vehicles and five
pistols were recovered from them.

The first to be arrested was Anil on November 18 on a
tip-off that he would come near Ghevara More while on the same
day Surender was apprehended from Rohini when he came there to
allegedly deliver a stolen vehicle to the gang.

Surender was to be given a pistol and ammunition for the
vehicle, Chand said adding, the vehicle was stolen from
Chandigarh. Bhondra was apprehended later. On November 22,
Dahiya and Vicky were arrested along with Sattar and Asif.

In the second incident, three persons -- Tariq Anwar
Siddique (25), Mohd Illiyas (48) and Mohd Jahiruddin (45) --
were arrested by South District Police for their alleged
involvement in selling semi-automatic weapons to gangs.

The arrests came after police received an input that a
consignment would exchange hands near Thyagraj Park in Kotla
Mubarakpur, H G S Dhaliwal said.

Tariq disclosed that he had been working as a courier
since long for Manji and Kamran, the frontmen of a big arms
syndicate situated in Bihar`s Munger, he claimed and added
that it was Taiq`s sixth trip to Delhi.

Illiyas is an alleged middlemen on whose disclosure
Jahiruddin, a mechanic of mixer?juicer machines, was arrested.

The syndicate has been operating for the last 4-5 years.
Jahiruddin was earlier arrested by Crime Branch in 2006 when a
huge consignment of 23 pistols was recovered from a gang.

They used to travel in general coaches of trains and
sling a bag like a student so as to evade police suspicion.

They also used to wrap weapons in a folder meant for carrying
files to avoid detection during search. Normally they used to
avoid using mobile phones, police said.

PTI