Police crackdown on illegal firearm trade

Police crackdown on illegal firearm trade

Police crackdown on illegal firearm trade

 The police arrested four men on Saturday at central Delhi’s Daryaganj for their involvement in the supply of illegal firearms to criminals in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

They also seized 20 sophisticated pistols of 0.32 bore along with 20 magazines from Allauddin, 40, Mohammad Rustam, 28, Shakir, 30, and Shehzaad, 22.  A case under the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act has been registered with the special cell.

“The arrest came after the special cell tracked movement of well-organised criminal gangs involved in procuring and supplying illegal arms in Delhi and NCR areas,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

Sources have also been extensively deployed in UP, Bihar and West Bengal to develop intelligence. On May 24, information was received that Allauddin,  along with his accomplices from Munger and Meerut, will be coming to a park near Shantivan.

“We were also informed that they will be carrying a consignment of illegal firearms to be delivered to a receiver for onward supply to criminals in Delhi and NCR areas,” Yadav added.

On the basis of the information, a trap was laid in and around the park. In early afternoon, they were apprehended while carrying illegal firearms hidden in bags.
From the cursory interrogation, it was revealed that the gang was active for over five years.

  “They frequently visited Munger in Bihar to receive the pistols which are ultimately used by criminals active in Delhi and NCR area for committing heinous crimes,” Yadav said. They told the police that they had developed a network of supply of illegal pistols manufactured in Munger to Delhi and the NCR area.

Allauddin has a criminal history over involvement in three cases of Arms Act in Delhi and UP. Rustam is involved in a case in Munger, Shakir is involved in two cases in UP, whereas Shehzaad is involved in one case in UP, all under the Arms Act.