Alleged sharp-shooter from UP arrested by Mah ATS

Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 00:19

Mumbai: A sharp-shooter hailing from
Uttar Pradesh was on Thursday arrested for allegedly possessing
sophisticated firearms, supposed to be delivered to the Chhota
Rajan gang, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad said.



On a tip off, ATS officials laid a trap at the A-I
Darbar hotel in suburban Oshiwara and nabbed Avinash Mishra
(31).
"Two foreign-make pistols, five revolvers and 28
live rounds were found in his possession," ATS chief Rakesh
Maria said.



During interrogation, the accused said he had come to
deliver the firearms to members of the Rajan gang.



"Although he claimed that he was here to deliver the
weapons, we suspect that Mishra could be planning something
big as possessing seven sophisticated weapons just for
delivery is not likely," Maria added.



Mishra has confessed to two murders in Delhi and
Gaziabad and an attempt to murder in Bihar, where during
elections in 2009 he had fired at one Manoj Dubey, campaign
manager of a local politician, Maria said.



"Mishra is a contract killer and had been given the
contract to kill Dubey," said Maria.



The ATS chief also said that Mishra had been arrested
in a murder case in 2008, and in jail he met gangster Sushil
Pandey and joined his gang. Pandey supplies weapons to the
Chhota Rajan gang.
"Mishra was not directly in contact with Chhota
Rajan," Maria said, adding that he had been staying in Wapi
and Porbander in Gujarat for the past one year.



Mishra has been booked under the Arms Act and was
produced before a local court which remanded him to police
custody till February 2.



PTI



First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 00:19

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