Delhi Police on Saturday said they have recovered a 9mm carbine — which costs about Rs 8 lakh-9 lakh and is used only by the armed forces in India — from the Dariyapur Kalan residence of gangster Sonu Dariyapur. A fresh case has been registered against him under the Arms Act, police added. “A separate case under sections 25/54/59 Arms Act has been registered at Special Cell Police Station and further interrogation has begun,” a police officer said. With the recovery of the carbine, police have so far recovered four firearms from him, police said.
On September 14 this year, Delhi’s most wanted criminal, Sonu, was arrested following a brief shootout in Narela. Sonu, who was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh, had, on April 30, gunned down Bhupender Dariyapur alias Monu, his friend Arun Shetty and assistant sub-inspector Vijay Singh, in Mianwali Nagar. Police sources told The Sunday Express that Sonu had procured over half a dozen sophisticated weapons before the shootout. The recovered carbine was, however, not used in the crime, sources said.
During interrogation, Sonu told police that a day before his arrest, he and his second wife had come to Dariyapur Kalan in a car. After dropping his wife and daughter off at their house in the village, he hid the carbine under his bed, sources said, adding that police are yet to ascertain where the weapon was procured from. A police officer said possession of carbine gun is illegal in India. It is used by the armed forces, and is not available in the market. Possession of such a large gun is believed to be an act of dominance among gangsters. “It is possible that he procured it for the same reason,” he said.
On September 21, sources said, another Special Cell team had recovered a sophisticated pistol from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi after Sonu told police he had hidden the weapon at a house he had rented there. Police said the “weapon recovered from Mandi was used in the murders”.