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Plan backfires,two gun runners held with 99 pistols hidden behind car headlights

Pistols manufactured in Bihar,198 magazines also seized; were being smuggled to Delhi via Meerut and Baghpat,say police

Written by Jiji Janardhan | New Delhi | Published: July 18, 2013 2:19:19 am

In one of the largest weapon seizures in the capital in the recent past,the Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Wednesday unearthed 99 weapons hidden behind the headlights of an Ambassador. Two persons,identified has Niranjan Mishra and his associate Mohammed Firoz Alam,have been arrested.

Police said the pistols were manufactured in factories in Munger,Bihar.

Police said they received information about a gang which was regularly smuggling illegal firearms into the capital through Meerut and Baghpat.

“On receiving a tip-off,we laid a trap near Shastri Park junction and intercepted a cream-coloured Ambassador car in which two persons were travelling. They tried to dodge our questions but later admitted that they were smuggling pistols,” a police officer said.

The two men then showed police where they had hidden the arms cache — a cavity behind the headlights of the car.

Police recovered 99 pistols and 198 magazines.

Police said the pistols were engraved with “Army supply only” and “ Made in USA”.

“During questioning,the two men admitted that they had been supplying similar consignments every month to Meerut,Muzaffarnagar and Delhi. Mishra told us that he worked as a driver in Bihar and poverty had forced him to become a gun runner. The Ambassador was provided by one of his contacts in Munger,” the officer said.

Mishra,police said,told them that the seized consignment was meant for a man in Meerut but due to heavy rain in Uttar Pradesh,they decided to hand it over to their contact in Sonia Vihar.

Special Commissioner (Special Cell) S N Shrivastava said, “Munger had licensed arms manufacturing factories which closed down many years ago. By then,the residents had already learnt how to make these weapons. These days,there are many groups who manufacture different parts of a pistol. They pass it on to another group which assembles it. The pistols are then supplied to parties via carriers.”

He said the police had been working on preventing pistols made in Munger from being brought into the capital.

Last year,police had recovered 28 pistols made in Munger from seven gun runners who were smuggling it to Delhi.

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