Police seize 300 illegal firearms this year
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Special Cell of Delhi Police have recovered over 300 illegal firearms this year proving that it is easy to procure a gun if you have money and the right contacts.
From simple country-made pistols to sophisticated automatics, everything is available for prices ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2 lakh.
An in-house study by Delhi Police into the growing use of sophisticated firearms by criminals in the capital also reveals that in most cases, the weapons were manufactured and supplied from Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district.
According to a police officer, the weapons are usually well-made replicas of top quality weapons sold in the international market.
They are cheap which enables the criminals to buy them. Police have also observed that criminals use factory-made ammunition in the sophisticated country-made weapons, which further aggravates the problem.
Most guns are sold to agents in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The agents later dispatch them to areas like Najafgarh in south-west Delhi and Narela in outer Delhi, from where these are distributed after deals struck on references.
“We have sent police teams to these areas to collect intelligence about the whole operations,” said the officer. Delhi Police have shared the report with police chiefs of other states to curb the menace.
In the latest case, two men who hail from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district were arrested with 20 factory-made sophisticated pistols.
They were held when they came to a bus stand near Salimgarh bypass for delivery of the illegal firearms. On checking of the bag of Ramesh Chand, seven firearms were recovered.
Whereas, on the checking of the plastic bag in possession of Prem Pal Singh, 13 pistols were found concealed in a hollow car battery sealed with sealing material.
“The two men had procured the firearms from Khargone and paid Rs 10,000 per pistol. They used to sell them for Rs 15,000 per pistol,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).
Source : www.deccanherald.com
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