In two operations over the past 24 hours,the Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested three persons and seized seven firearms,including a sub-machine carbine with a 50-round magazine,which is believed to have been made in an ordnance factory in Nepal.
Crime Branch officers said it received information that a consignment of smuggled guns would be brought from Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai and they laid a trap at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus railway station. The police detained two men,identified as Mahesh Thakur (26) and Vikas Dubey (19) after they alighted from Kamayani Express at 11.45 pm Sunday. They were carrying a duffel bag containing four 9-mm pistols as well as a 9-mm sub-machine carbine and 15 live 9-mm rounds. Thakur and Dubey were later arrested and remanded in police custody till June 14,police said.
The carbine has markings and a serial number that indicates it was manufactured in a factory in Nepal. Weapons of such superior quality are usually used for protected targets,such as those who have police protection. We are making further investigations as to the gang that ordered the weapons and their target, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Uttar Pradesh,from where the accused brought the weapons,is close to the Indo-Nepal border and the Nepal connection can not be ignored. A probe is on, said the officer.
Meanwhile,the Crime Branch Sunday arrested one Suraj Rai (24),a Mira Road resident,from Thakur Village,Kandivali for allegedly trying to smuggle two 7.65 mm pistols and two live rounds.
Rai acted as an extra in the past for reality shows and television serials. He had reportedly attended a wedding in Jaunpur last week and a friend told him to take the weapons to Mumbai. The friend also told named a couple of potential customers and told Rai to sell them to the highest bidder, said an officer.