Illegal arms, ammunition racket busted; 3 arrested

Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 00:27

Bangalore: Three persons allegedly involved
in a nation-wide arms and ammunition racket have been arrested
here, police said on Sunday.

"Four revolvers, a pistol and 32 bullets were recovered
from them when arrests were made on September 11 following a
tip-off about a gang involved in manufacturing revolvers,
pistols and bullets illegally at a place in North India and
supplying them to anti-social and anti-national elements in
different parts of the country for prices ranging from Rs
1.5-2 lakh," Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters
here.

The three arrested were involved in the sale of the arms,
he said adding they had been identified as Hussainsab (35) of
Gadag District, Nawab Barkathulla (29) of Kagadia District in
Bihar and Mohammed Siraj (25) of Jamathada district in
Jharkhand.

The arms manufacturing unit was located in a North Indian
state, Bidari said but refused to name the state.

The accused had sold these arms to a number of persons all
over the country, including underworld gangs in coastal
districts of Karnataka, and efforts were on to trace them.

Since the arms racket was spread throughout the country,
the police proposed to suggest to the state government to hand
over further investigation of the case to CBI, Bidari said.

Garg claims that the cache was supplied from across the
border in the last week of August and was delivered in Indian
territory.

"Investigation so far has revealed that one Alia,
resident of a Dhani in Pakistan, had delivered the arms to
Sodha Khan in India, who later buried it in sand in order to
deliver it to others.

"The delivery was made in Indian territory and the person
or persons who delivered this probably returned back to
Pakistan," he said, adding, (when asked) that possibility of
involvement of any officer cannot be ruled out and they are
investigating this angle also.

Garg said, "we are investigating the matter to seek more
informations about the end users of the arms, other accused
involved with them, and other cache, if any, with them".

"The police have so far seized 12 pistols, 24 magzines,
14.5 kg RDX, 1016 cartridges, 158 feet wire, 2 batteries, 2
timers, 4 timers with batteries and 10 detonators in two
caches," he said, adding, "this recovery is the biggest in
recent times."

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 00:27

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