The Delhi Police Special Cell has submitted a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) about a gun-running racket busted in the capital recently. Police had arrested two men and seized 99 pistols,manufactured in Munger,Bihar,from them. Sources said the MHA had sought a report following the seizure the pistols were hidden behind the headlight of an Ambassador in which the arrested persons had arrived in Delhi from Munger.
Last year,in an internal report prepared by former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on the use of illegal arms used by criminals in Delhi,it was mentioned that almost all pistols recovered from men arrested in Delhi were made in Munger.
The report also mentioned that these pistols looked genuine at first look and had markings such as Made in USA or Made in England on them. However,on forensic analysis,the CSFL confirmed that these weapons were country-made.
On July 16,the Special Cell had arrested Mishra and Feroz from Sonia Vihar,North Delhi,while they were on their way to deliver 99 pistols to a customers in Delhi and Meerut. The duo had made a cavity behind the headlight of the Ambassador and has hidden the weapons there.
Following media reports about the massive haul,the MHA had sought a report from the Delhi Police. It is also learnt that the MHA has asked for a report from the Bihar police about the same.
According to police,Munger had licensed arms manufacturing factories which closed down many years ago. By then,the residents had already learnt how to make these weapons. These days,there are many groups who manufacture different parts of a pistol. They pass it on to another group which assembles it. The pistols are then supplied to parties via carriers.
Director General of Police( Bihar) Abhayanand said about two months ago,they had written to the Finance Ministry regarding steps that needed to be taken to prevent manufacturing of illegal arms in Munger.
The DG said one of the ways to deter the arms manufacturers was to book them under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and seize their assets.
The income generated by these men through illegal weapons manufacturing is huge. These men manage to get bail easily and they again engage in the racket. We have requested the Finance Ministry for help from the Enforcement Directorate to seize their properties. This will help curtail their activities to a large extent,he said.