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Arms dealer among 3 arrested, 1,800 cartridges, guns seized

Preliminary investigations revealed Singh was the owner of Ashok Arms Store in Etah.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 24, 2015 1:47:40 am
arms, guns, arrest, crime, delhi news, city news, local news, delhi newsline Guns seized by police. (Source: Express Photo by Purushottam Sharma)

The Special Cell on Sunday arrested an authorised arms dealer on charges of selling guns and cartridges — which need government licences to own — in the contraband market. Police seized nearly 1,800 live cartridges and 11 factory-made guns.

The arms dealer was identified as Ashok Singh (62) from Etah in Uttar Pradesh. Two others were arrested along with him.

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Police said they intercepted Singh’s car near Gopalpur and caught him delivering a bag to a man identified as Rakesh (44). Police recovered three shotguns and 500 cartridges of 7.65-mm bore concealed in pillows and clothes in the bag. Two more parcels with eight guns and 1,700 cartridges too were seized. On asked by police, they could not produce licences and permit papers. Police then arrested Singh, Rakesh and the driver, Ajay (49).

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Preliminary investigations revealed Singh was the owner of Ashok Arms Store in Etah.

“Singh used to procure arms and ammunition as per his authorised quota from dealers in Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad and Etah. He then used to sell the arms illegally through a chain of peddlers,” Deputy Commission of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said.

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