Mumbai: Police today claimed to have averted
a `big crime` here with the recovery of sophisticated
automatic guns, similar to the firearms seized from banned
terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, brought here allegedly from
Uttar Pradesh by underworld gangsters.
Two country-made automatic 9MM carbine guns, three
magazines and 45 live cartridges were recovered here yesterday
after interrogating Zafar Ali Alam alias Abbas, arrested in a
murder case and presently in police custody, Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.
Zafar is one of the 11 accused arrested by Crime Branch
on July 3 in connection with the killing of Farid Tanasha, a
suspected member of Chhota Rajan gang. On June 2, Tanasha was
shot dead by unidentified sharp shooters at his residence in
Tilak Nagar in Chembur.
"During the interrogation Zafar told us that automatic
machine guns were procured last year with the help of his
associate Osama for notorious Chhota Rajan gang. The weapons
were hidden here in the city since then," Roy said.
"Rajan had paid Rs five lakh for the weapons to him.
Zafar and Osama had also taken help of gangster Rajesh Yadav,
who is currently in UP jail," he added.
"With the recovery of such weapons, we have averted a big
crime. Such sophisticated weapons are rarely used by
gangsters. The weapons may have been manufactured in Uttar
Pradesh," Roy added.