The Mumbai Police Crime Branch seized 13 firearms and 17 rounds of ammunition in two separate cases on Tuesday and arrested two persons. Police said some of the weapons had been wrapped in carbon paper and hidden in rice bags to avoid being detected by X-ray scanners.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said the police had information to suggest that gangs in the city had ordered the consignment of weapons.
The arrested are Appusingh Singh (20) and Santoshkumar Jaiswal (34),residents of Bihar. While Singh was nabbed by Unit 12 of the Crime Branch,Jaiswal was arrested by Unit 8. Officers of Unit 12 received an information that weapons were being brought into the city on Tuesday. They laid a trap outside Borivali railway station around 4.30 am and nabbed Singh. We recovered six country made weapons from him and also four rounds of ammunition, said Roy.
Jaiswal was allegedly nabbed with seven good quality weapons and 13 rounds of ammunition in his possession.
Unit 8 nabbed Jaiswal from Bamanwada in Vile Parle (East) around 7 am. He was carrying rexine bags,which contained rice. When we searched those bags,we found weapons wrapped in carbon paper. We suspect that the carbon paper was used so that X-ray scanners would not be able to identify the firearms, said Roy.
Roy revealed that the police also seized two pistols,two extra magazines and five revolvers from Jaiswal.
Both Singh and Jaiswal have been booked under various sections of the Arms Act. We produced them before a court,which remanded them in police custody. We are probing the case further to establish who had ordered the consignment and also who the source was. We have information to suggest that the weapons were meant for a gang. With such weapons,we suspect that they may have been brought to eliminate someone, said Roy.