Two arrested in Mumbai, 17 firearms seized
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Last Updated: Friday, February 04, 2011, 18:34
Mumbai: Mumbai Crime Branch have arrested a suspected member of Chhota Rajan gang and a Bihar-based supplier of firearms from the metropolis in separate incidents and seized 17 pistols from the duo.

Acting on a tip-off, Zuber Jamaadar, a member of Rajan gang, was arrested outside Ghatkopar Railway station on Wednesday, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters Friday.

A 0.38 foreign-make pistol, 56 cartridges -- including 50 'prohibited bore' 9mm weapon bullets used by the police or the armed forces, which cannot be used by civilians -- were recovered from him, Roy said.

The 30-year-old gangster was a close aide of Farid Tanasha, who was killed last year allegedly by members of Bharat Nepali gang, the officer said.

Zuber was suspected to have procured the pistol from Tanasha. Such weapons are usually smuggled into the country via Nepal and Bangladesh, Roy said.

In the other case, a Bihar-based weapons supplier Manohar Gupta (35) was arrested from suburban Bhandup last night, police said.

Sixteen country-made pistols of different bores and ten rounds which had been brought from Chapra in Bihar were seized from his possession, Roy said.

A new trend has evolved in the underworld where weapon-suppliers come to the city and sell firearms to the highest bidder, he said.

"Gupta did not arrive here to hand over the weapons to a particular person or a gang. The accused says he sells the weapon for Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000," Roy said.

With the seizure of the weapons, many crimes which could have happened otherwise have been averted, Roy claimed.

Further probe was on.


First Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 18:34

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