Police act tough, slap harsh MCOCA against gunrunners
20 sophisticated pistols, extra magazines seized; 8 held
Delhi Police have invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act’s (MCOCA) sections three and four against members of a gang involved in manufacturing, procuring and supplying of illegal arms in Delhi and NCR.
It was done after Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) S N Shrivastava granted approval on September 10.
The accused have been identified as Allauddin, Mohammad Rustam, Shakir, Shehzaad, Gyasuddin, Mohammad Kalam, Abdulla and Hanif.
The special cell had been tracking the movement of organised gangs involved in illegal arms and sources were deployed in Bihar and West Bengal to develop intelligence.
On May 24, an information was received that arms smuggler Allauddin along with his associates of Bihar’s Munger district and Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district will be coming to a park near Shanti Van on Ring Road with a consignment of illegal firearms.
On the basis of the information, a trap had been laid in and a round the park. In early afternoon hours, Allauddin, Mohammad Rustam, Shakir and Shehzaad were held and 20 sophisticated pistols along with 20 extra magazines were recovered from them. In this regard, a case under Arms Act was registered with special cell police station.
During the probe, it was found that Allauddin had criminal history and was arrested in November 2012 for trafficking illegal arms with associate Gyasuddin.
In that case, eight pistols with spare magazines were recovered. Kalam, Abdulla and Hanif have been identified as other members of the gang.
Roots in Bihar, UP
“During investigation of recent cases registered in this regard, it was revealed that members of a loosely defined, but well organised crime syndicate in Bihar and UP are involved in manufacturing and or procuring illegal fire arms and their onward sale for gaining pecuniary benefits and other advantages for themselves and other members of the syndicate,” police said in a statement with special cell police station.
“Therefore, for the purpose of curbing this continuing unlawful activity of the members of this organised crime syndicate, provisions of MCOCA are required to be invoked against the so far identified and arrested accused persons as well as those who are presently absconding or whose role may figure during the course of investigation,” it added.
Interrogation of the accused has also revealed a deep rooted nexus between several large-scale high quality arms manufacturing units which are based in Munger and several subsidiary gun running cartels based in western UP and NCR.
It has been found that a majority of the arms end up in the hands of criminals of Delhi. †