Over 1,000 bullets, guns recovered

Three members of an inter-state gang indulging in illegal arms and ammunition trade were arrested with 1,020 cartridges, including 100 cartridges of prohibited 9 mm, from near Welcome Metro station in north east Delhi.

The gang procured ammunition from Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district and sold them to criminal elements in Delhi and NCR, police said on Sunday.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad Sharik, Faheem Miya and Mohammad Imran. Faheem is a member of the Peace Party which became the fifth largest political party of Uttar Pradesh following the state legislative Assembly elections of 2012. It won four seats in those elections.

Police said specific information was received on January 14 that a huge consignment of illegal ammunition will be supplied near Welcome Metro station. On this information, a trap was laid near Welcome Metro station.

At about 10 pm, Sharik and Faheem were apprehended when they reached there in a Maruti Eeco car. “Thorough search of the car resulted in recovery of 920 cartridges of 7.65 mm, 9 mm and 12 bore,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav. According, a case under Arms Act and Indian Penal Code was registered with Special Cell police station.

On interrogation, Sharik and Faheem told police that they procured the illegal ammunition from Imran, a resident of Sitapur. On this information, another team was constituted and Imran was apprehended in Sitapur on January 15. The police team recovered 100 cartridges of 7.65 mm.

“Sharik and Faheem have criminal history. Sharik is involved in 11 cases of murder, robbery, attempt to murder and UP Gangsters (Control) Act, while Faheem is involved in 16 cases of murder, attempt to murder, Arms Act and robberies,” Yadav added.

Police says an in-house study into the growing use of sophisticated firearms over last few years reveals that in most of the cases, illegal weapons used in commission of various crimes in Delhi, were manufactured and supplied from Madhya Pradesh and Bihar and ammunition from eastern UP region and later smuggled into Delhi and NCR.

“Accordingly, a team of Special Cell has deployed informers in and around Delhi, Haryana and UP,” Yadav said.

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