With the arrest of five persons, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police claimed to have busted two firearm syndicates. Police said they had recovered 43 pistols in the two operation conducted in the span of a week.
In an operation led by a team of Special Cell officers, Khilafat Ali (24), Dinesh Gawane (24), Devender (26), Dharmender (26) and Arun (22) were arrested.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP, Special Cell, said, “In the first operation, Ali and Dinesh were arrested from near ISBT, Anand Vihar, on July 12 and 10 semi automatic sophisticated pistols of 7.65 mm bore, along with 10 extra magazines, were recovered from their possession. After a case was registered, Ali led us to a tubewell on his farmland from where one more firearm was recovered. Dinesh had come to Delhi to supply the firearms to Khilafat Ali when both of them were apprehended.”
In the second operation, Devender and Dharmender were arrested from Dhaula Kuan on July 18 and 20 firearms were recovered from them. The two had come to capital after collecting the consignment from Khargone in Madhya Pradesh.
“The duo collected the consignment on behalf of a major supplier based in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, who had re-routed them to Delhi to supply the firearms. The recipient in Delhi is yet to be identified,” a police officer said.
Yadav said the Special Cell learnt that Munger-based manufacturers of firearms and peddlers had shifted their focus from Delhi and were looking for a new centre for fabrication and supply of high quality illicit firearms. Police also found that the new market had developed and was getting entrenched in the thickly forested districts of Khargone, Barwani and Khandwa along the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra border.
According to police, since January1, 2014, a total of 31 firearms (including one improvised AK-47 assault rifle) sourced from Munger and 117 firearms from Khargone and Khandwa have been seized in nine cases registered. A total of 18 persons have been arrested in these cases.