The Turbhe police in Navi Mumbai have arrested five people, including two real estate agents from Pune, and seized six pistols and 89 rounds of ammunition from them. The police are now interrogating the accused to find out what the arsenal was going to be used for.
According to the Turbhe police, the arrests were made after the police received a tip off that some men would be coming to Navi Mumbai with illegal firearms. Accordingly, the police laid a trap on the Turbhe Flyover on Wednesday and intercepted three men, identified as Arshad Ahmed (24), Danish Ali (23) and Mohammed Jameel Ahmed (23). A search of their bags revealed three pistols, six magazines and 40 live rounds and the trio were placed under arrest.
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“The trio, in their interrogation, said that they had brought the firearms from Uttar Pradesh to be sold to two men from Pune, and that the transaction was supposed to occur on the Sion Panvel Highway. We laid a trap on the Highway and at dawn, two men in a BMW came to the spot that was decided for the transaction. They were taken into custody,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Shahji Umap, Zone I, Navi Mumbai.
The duo, identified as Sachin Goswami and Santosh Khose, told the police while being questioned that they had also bought some more weapons from the three weapon suppliers in the past. The police took the duo to their residences in Baner, Pune and recovered three more pistols, seven magazines and 49 live rounds from them, which were hidden in the back of Goswami’s Mercedes car.
“The weapons are sophisticated in appearance and seem to be made in a professional set up by an experienced hand. We are now finding out why they needed so many weapons and ammunition. Inquiries are also underway to find out if they have a past crime record,” Umap added.
All the five accused were produced in court on Thursday and have been remanded to police custody till July 29, the police said.