Illegal arms, ammunition racket busted; 3 arrested
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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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